Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Anderlecht will be looking to make a flying start to their Conference League campaign when they host Silkeborg to their Lotto Park on Thursday. The Jupiler League outfit booked their place in the group stages by beating Young Boys in the double-header, and it is no wonder the bookies see them as favourites to defeat Silkeborg on home soil. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be summer recruit Rafa Silva, who has netted four goals in seven appearances in the Belgian top flight this term. Midfielder Adrien Trebel continues to miss out with injury.
Silkeborg, on the other hand, suffered a dip in form in the Danish Superliga, with the team losing to both Odense and Copenhagen in the last two league fixtures. Since Anderlecht are a real force to be reckoned with at home, the visitors are unlikely to grab something from Thursday’s clash. All Dahl, Lind, and Gojani should miss out with injuries for the away side.
Highlighted Player (Lior Refaelov):
Lior Refaelov is an Israeli footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for the Belgium giants with whom he has been a mainstay since his arrival in 2011. Rafaelov began his career at Maccabi Haifa where he played 161 league appearances and scored 30 goals before moving to Belgium.
The experienced 30-year-old Israel international has made his senior debut for his country in 2007 and has since earned over 30 caps for Israel. Lior Rafaelov is a player of vast international experience despite the fact Club Brugge are his first and so far only club in Europe.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is a major force upfront who has scored six times during Brugge’s Europa League campaign in 2014-15, while he also scored the winner in the Belgian Cup final to earn his club a first trophy in eight years. Last season Rafaleov repeated the feat, having scored in the 2016 Belgian Cup Final, but it wasn’t enough for Club Brugge to avoid getting defeated 2-1 to Standard Liege.