Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Atalanta are with one foot in the Europa League play-off as they outclassed Hapoel Haifa 4-1 in Israel in the first leg of the third qualifying round. The Orobici proved their worth in the Sammy Ofer Stadium clash and they are now on a quest to cement their spot in the final qualifying round. It is well known that Atalanta are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Summer signing Duvan Zapata, who found the net in the first leg, is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders in the return leg. Hapoel must be low on confidence ahead of the trip to Bergamo and seeing that they have slim chances of booking their place in the next qualifying round, we believe that home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Etrit Berisha):
Etrit 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.