The 30, 254 capacity Astana Arena will this Thursday host the Uefa Europa League second leg tie between hosts Astana and Spanish side Villarreal. The sides are first and second in Group A as the competition enters its fifth round.
Astana occupy second place with seven points, one behind their midweek rivals and two ahead of Slavia Praha in third place. They come into this match looking to avenge the 3-1 loss suffered at the hands of Villarreal in the first leg. Manager Stanimir Stoilov will want to approach this one defensively, absorb pressure and hit on the break. Serbian forward Đorđe Despotović should be their key man in attack.
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Villarreal come into this on the back of a Sunday trip to Athletic Bilbao. They will look to take the game to the hosts in a bid to cement the top qualifying spot in the group. A twin attack of Cedric Bakambu and Carlos Bacca looks likely to start in a match they will approach offensively from the start.