Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
After shocking Koln at RheinEnergieStadion a week ago, Partizan will look to claim yet another major scalp in Group D when the two teams face each other in Belgrade on Thursday evening. New boss Gordan Petric helped the team regain a much-needed confidence, and his men must be high on spirits following a thrilling 4-0 win over Vozdovac in the Serbian Superliga. Kristijan Belic is back from suspension, while Ljubomir Fejsa has yet to recover from his injury.
Ricardo Gomes, who scored a brace at the weekend, should continue to lead the line for the hosts. The Billy Goats, on the other hand, are hungry for revenge, but seeing that they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-2 loss to Borussia M’gladbach, home win should be considered. Jan Thielmann is a major doubt, while all Dejan Ljubicic, Tim Lemperle, Timo Horn, Sebastian Andersson, Julian Chabot, and Mathiaas Olesen should miss out with injuries for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Ellyes Skhiri):
After spending his youth career at Montpellier, Ellyes Skhiri continued playing for la Paillade at senior level. In 2019 he moved to Bundesliga side Koln, signing a four-year contract with the Billy Goats. Shkiri was born in Lunel, France on May 10, 1995, but he has a dual citizenship as his parents are of Tunisia descent.
The Koln midfielder made debut with the Tunisian national team in a 1-0 win over Iran on March 23, 2018 and he represented Tunisia at the FIFA World Cup finals in Russia later that year. Ellyes Skhiri’s main position is defensive midfielder, but he is capable of producing fine performances at both right and centre back.
His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with Koln until June 30, 2026. The Tunisia international made his Bundesliga debut on August 17, 2019 in a 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and he scored his first ever goal in the German top flight in a 2-1 win over Freiburg on August 31, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Koln):
FC Koln is a German football club from Koln and is currently active in the Bundesliga. The club was founded on 13th of February in 1948 after a fusion between Koner BC01 and SpVgg Sulz07. Like many German football clubs FC Koln is not only a football club but has different other sports departments as well.
FC Koln currently hosts it’s home games in the Rhein Energie Stadium which holds a capacity of almost 51 000 spectators and was recently renovated in 2004.The main club colours are white and red. The most known nickname for FC Koln is Die Geißböcke which literally means the Goats. The biggest rivals of FC Koln are Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Monchengladbach and Fortuna Dusseldorf. The club from Koln holds a narrow relationship with St Pauli, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain.
FC Koln is one of the most successful clubs in Germany winning the Bundesliga title 3 times and the DFB Pokal 3 times. Notable players that played for FC Koln are Schuster, Korput, Olsen, Weber and Muller.