Inverness CT vs Astra 07/16/2015 UEFA Europa League Preview and Prediction
Astra vs Inverness CT
Thursday 16th July 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Inverness CT Draw Astra See the Latest Odds
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Inverness Caledonian Thistle will play their first ever European game on thursday night as they host Romanian side Astra at the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium. Thistle are outsiders for the game despite it being at home and I think this is one of the games that the bookmakers may have gotten wrong. With a solid squad who did well all of last season ICT performed very well in the big games a good mix of youth and experience should see Inverness play well in ths game. Look for Sutherland and Ferguson, the young attackers to be key to everything positive ICT do on Thursday.
Astra are no strangers to the Europa League and actually faced scottish opposition last season when they were drawn in Celtic's group, just barely losing 2-1 in Celtic and drawing the home tie. Astra are another of Europe's solid if unspectacular teams. The Romanian league is hard to judge at the best of times but given that kicked off last weekend it should be Astra are a little bit ahead of ICT in their fitness preperations. Astra will look to Florea and Alibec to lead the line for them in this one a game that should be physical and entertaining.
Cant help but feel the occasiona and wave of good will form the fans is going to carry Inverness to a win here. Astra are deserved favourites but at 5/2 at home where Inverness have only lost three of their last twenty five games I just have to take Inverness. This should be a brilliant game to attend and I truly hope all the thistle fans enjoy the UEFA experience, and o course I hope their team provide us with a big winner here.