Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Following a 2-1 loss to Fiorentina at Stadio Artemio Franchi, Basaksehir will look to clinch top position in Group A when they face Hearts in Istanbul on Thursday afternoon. Emre Belozoglu’s troops are seen as favourites to win the last group match, but the former Newcastle United midfielder must warn his men against complacency. Experienced midfielder Mesut Ozil remains on the sidelines with injury, while defender Ahmed Touba is a major doubt.
The Scottish outfit, on the other hand, have little to play for in Thursday’s clash as they missed out on a spot in the knockout stages, and seeing that Basaksehir are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we do not believe that the visitors are capable of claiming a major scalp in Istanbul. All Atkinson, Baningime, Boyce, Halkett, Mackay-Steven, and Rowles are likely to miss the game with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Mesut Ozil):
Mesut Ozil gained international recognition at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The attacking midfielder impressed with Germany at the showpiece tournament and, as a result, Real Madrid chiefs decided to sign him.
Ozil won the 2011/2012 La Liga trophy with los Blancos and, against all odds, the club bosses decided to sell him to Arsenal at the end of the 2012/2013 campaign. The Turkish-born player scored 19 goals for Real Madrid in 105 appearances for the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu outfit.
On the other hand, Mesut Ozil has yet to win the Premier League with Arsenal, but he helped North London club lift two FA Cup titles (2013/2014, 2014/2015). In 2014 Ozil lifted the FIFA World Cup trophy with Germany and, no doubt, that is regarded as the biggest success of his career. The German international used to play for Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 in the past as well.
Highlighted Team (Hearts):
Founded in 1874, Hearts are professional football club that compete in the Scotland Premiership. The Jam Tarts welcome their rivals at Tynecastle Park Gorgie, the stadium which can hold up to 20,000 spectators.
While the original Hearts strip was all white shirts and trousers with maroon trimmings, the club’s current home kit is all maroon with a white-collar. Hearts have won the Scottish Premier League title four times (1894/95, 1896/97, 1957/58, 1959/60), but they have been in Celtic and Rangers’ shadows in the 21st century. Hibernian are considered the club’s fiercest rivals. The two teams first met back in 1875 on Christmas Day, with Hearts winning the match 1-0. The Tynecastle Park Gorgie recorded their biggest win in 1880, with the team rolling over Anchor 21-0 in the FA Cup.
The club’s heaviest defeat came eight years later as Hearts were beaten by Vale of Leven 8-1 in the Scottish Cup. John Robertson is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart, with the left winger netting 214 goals for the club.