Steaua Bucharest vs Vitoria de Guimaraes for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Marin Anastasovici Stadium.
Steaua Bucharest’s side
It’s already a long way the team has done in this pre-qualifying round, where the locals have already eliminated the following teams: Milsami (4-1 aggregate), Alashkert (5-3 win) and Mlada Boleslav (1-0 triumph).
The team ahead of them is stronger, at least in theory than in previous rounds. Against them, Steaua has the fact of going through a bad moment of recent results, with only 1 victory in their last 7 matches played, where they lost most of those matches (5 of them).
Vitoria de Guimaraes
Already the visiting team of Vitória de Guimarães comes into this first leg of this clash having what is the most difficult challenge of this campaign of their qualification for the group stage of the Europa League, facing a team that recently has won their country’s soccer League, although playing away from home could be a point in favor of the Victorians.
The team has a good start to the season so far with Ivo Vieira at the helm, adding to the excellent performances the goals scored (at least in the last matches in the Europa League), which can be decisive to seal the qualification in this round.
Although it is inevitable that Steaua Bucharest is going through a bad time and will play away from their usual ground, the truth is that the team will play in their country and with much higher support than the one Victoria will have.
Besides, it is a team used to these tournaments. So I believe that if there is a winner, it’s the locals.