Our football match prediction:
Stade Constant Vanden Stock will host Thursday’s football match between Anderlecht and APOEL. The Purple and White did remarkably well to spoil APOEL’s party at Neo GSP in the Europa League last 16, first leg and they are widely expected to make it to the quarter-finals of the European competition. Romania international Nicolae Stanciu scored the winner in the first leg and he will be one of the men to watch in the home team in the return leg. Anderlecht are eyeing their fifth straight win at home in all competitions and considering that APOEL are not regarded as good travelers, the Cypriotes are likely to return home empty-handed. Thomas Christiansen’s men suffered eight defeats in last nine away fixtures in the Europa League and, taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon. Igor de Camargo failed to impress in the first leg, but we predict that he is going to lead the attack for the visitors against the Belgian outfit.
Highligted Player (Stephane Badji):
Stephane Badji was born on 29 May, 1990 in Ziguinchor, Senegal and he began his youth career at Ecole de football Mamadou Faye. The 180-cm-tall midfielder moved to Norway in 2012 and he played for Sogndal in the 2012/2013 Tippeligaen campaign. On 1 March he joined fellow Norwegian club Brann and it has to be noted that he made 49 league appearances with the club from 2013 to 2015. After spending the first half of the 2015/2016 season at Istanbul Basaksehir, he signed a contract with Anderlecht in 2016 and he has been playing for the Belgian outfit ever since. Badji has seven caps for Senegal U23 team and he made his debut for the first team on 29 February, 2012, coming as a substitute 20 minutes before the final whistle. The Anderlecht footballer is capable of playing as both central and a right midfielder. His contract with Anderlecht expires on 1 February, 2016. The player’s agents are Mondial Promotion.
Highlighted Team (APOEL Nicosia):
APOEL are a Cypriot football club based in Nicosia. The Thrylos were founded on 8 November, 1926 and they won their first league trophy in 1932, defeating AEL Limassol 4-0 in the final. Over the years APOEL have established themselves as one of the best teams in Cyprus and they won their 25th domestic trophy in 2016. The Thrylos participated in the 2014/2015 Champions League group stages, but they failed to make life difficult for the likes of PSG, Ajax and Barcelona, picking up no more than one point from possible 18. APOEL share a great rivalry with Omonia and the meeting between two teams is well known as the Nicosia derby. A number of foreign footballers played for APOEL and it has to be noted that the likes of Daniel Florea, Dudu Biton, Marcos Tavares, Paul Okon, Dragisa Binic, Nenad Milosavljevic, Paulo Costa, Tiago Gomes, Alexandros Tziolis and Fernando Cavenaghi were all part of the team in the past. The colour of APOEL’s home kits is yellow. v