Our football match prediction:
Atalanta and Everton face each other at MAPEI Stadium – Citta del Tricolore in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League. Over the years Atalanta have established themselves as a top-table side in the Serie A and seeing that they managed to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window, the Orobici are definitely capable of upsetting the Premier League side in their Europa League opener. Atalanta are eager to prove their worth in their Europa League debut, but Thursday’s football match against Everton will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Toffees eliminated Hajduk Split in the play-off round, but the Serie A side are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Ronald Koeman’s troops than their previous rival. A close encounter appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to share the spoils in Bergamo.
Highligted Player (Berisha):
Etrir Berisha is an Albanian goalkeeper born on 10 March 1989 in Prishtina, and he has become an important player for the Albania national team over the years. After starting his youth career in his native country, Berisha joined Swedish side as a youngster and he quickly managed to prove his worth on senior level, making 90 league appearances and even scoring 3 goals from the penalty spot. The impressive displays in Swedish Allsvenskan earned him a lucrative move to Lazio in the summer of 2013, and he has since been vying with Federico Marchetti for a starting berth at Stadio Olimpico, making almost 40 league appearances during the first three years at the club. Berisha has also performed well for the Biancocelesti in Coppa Italia and Europa League, while helping Albania qualify for their first ever European Championship finals. The talented goalkeeper spent every minute on the pitch during team’s successful qualifying campaign, making sure his name will be written in the Albania national team history books.
Highlighted Team (Everton):
Everton are one of the two Merseyside giants that were formed back in 1878, with the club holding a long-standing rivalry with Liverpool. Everton have participated in the English top flight for a record 113 seasons, with the team competing in the English second tier in just four camaigns. The Toffees play their home matches at Goodison Park, the stadium that was opened in 1892. Everton have won the national championship nine times, with the team winning their last domestic trophy back in 1987. The Toffees have clinched five FA Cup trophies as well and it has to be noted that a victory over Manchester United in the 1994/1995 FA Cup final helped the team win their last title in the prestigious competition. Everton and Liverpool face each other in the Merseyside derby and the clash between the two local rivals has been called the Merseyside derby since 1955. In the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign Everton were hammered by Liverpool (0-4) at Anfield.