Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu pits together Istanbul Basaksehir and Hoffenheim. Given the quality of the Turkish side, many people expected that they would shine in the group stages of the Europa League, but they have yet to find their best form. Istanbul Basaksehir played out a goalless draw with Ludogorets in their opener, but the team then suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Braga and Hoffenheim. The Bundesliga side, on the other hand, desperately needed a win against Istanbul and they managed to get one (3-1). Hoffenheim sit in third place in Group C ahead of the trip to Turkey and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the hosts on Thursday evening. Julian Nagelsmann’s men aim to keep their hopes of making it to the Europa League knockout stages alive and we are tempted to put our money on the away team.
Highlighted Player (Eljero Elia):
Eljero Elia began his senior career at ADO Den Haag. The pacey winger scored six goals in 59 league appearances for the club and in 2007 he moved to fellow Eredivisie team Twente. Elia, who was born on 13 February, 1987 in Voorburg, spent two years at Twente and on 5 July, 2009 he moved to Germany, signing a five-year deal with Hamburg for a fee of €8.5 million. The Dutch winger made his Hamburg debut against Freiburg on 8 August, 2009 and he scored his first goal for the club in a 4-2 victory over Wolfsburg on 23 August. Elia played for Italian giants Juventus in the 2011/2012 season, but he made no more than four league appearances for the club. In the summer of 2012 he returned to Germany, signing a deal with Werder Bremen and he played for die Werderaner between 2012 and 2015. Speaking of his international career, Elia represented Netherlands at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and he won the silver medal with the Oranje as they were beaten by Spain in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the 1. Bundesliga. Hoffenheim plays it’s home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colours of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.