Match Preview: FC Astana 1-3 Sporting Prediction and Betting Tips | Europa League (Round of 32)

FC Astana – Sporting betting tips for today, February 15, 2018.
Kick-off: 17:00
Football: Champions League – Round of 16
Tip: X2
Odds: 1.30
Bookmaker: Betfair
Match Result: 1:3 WON!!!
Match Preview
Astana won the Kazakhstan Premier League at the end of November last year. Since then they have played two Europa League (EL) games with a record of: W1, D0, L1 and six club friendlies with a record of: W4, D0, L2. Are they ready for Sporting?
Third in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, Sporting are right in the mix in the Primeira Liga with Porto and Benfica for the title. With Benfica having no European competition to contend for, could the European games help or hinder either Sporting or Porto perhaps?
Astana are helping to put Kazakhstani football on the map, as they are the only side from their nation to reach the knockout stages of a European competition.
This fixture will be the first meeting between the two clubs, and also one of the longest journeys in European football – with a distance of over 6000 km to travel during the clash.
Players to watch: Sporting’s Dutch target man, Bas Dost, has scored 19 goals in 20 domestic league games this season, including two hat-tricks at the start of the year. However, after only scoring three goals in European competitions this season – he will want to improve on his tally.
At only 23 years of age, Ghanaian Patrick Twumasi has scored four goals in six EL games. He finished third top scorer in Astana’s domestic league with 13 goals in 28 games, and bigger clubs will surely be keeping a keen eye on this developing and exciting young talent.
Stat attack: Astana have only lost one home game in their last five European fixtures (W3, D1, L1). The match should be action packed with 22 goals scored across five European home fixtures – an average of 4.4 goals per game.
Sporting also have high scoring games, in their last four Champions League (CL) away games a total of 16 goals were scored, an average of four goals per game with a record of: W2, D0, L2.
Sporting had the worst disciplinary record in the CL group stages with 19 yellow cards issued – four more cards than any other team.