Our football match prediction:
Despite producing fine performances in the Champions League double-header against Sevilla, Istanbul Basaksehir eventually failed to make it to the group stages of the elite competition. The Turkish side are expected to play an important role in the Europa League this season and they are considered favourites to win Thursday’s football game against Ludogorets. Istanbul coach can count on star-studded players such as Gael Clichy, Emmanuel Adebayor, Eljero Ellia and Gokhan Inler and we predict that the Super Lig side are going to give fans a reason for celebration. Ludogorets failed to qualify for the Champions League as well, but they were more than unfortunate not to eliminate Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the qualifers for the elite competition. Anyhow, seeing that Ludogorets often struggle on the road, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highligted Player (Emmanuel Adebayor):
Emmanuel Adebayor is a famous African footballer who played for several European giants in the past. Adebayor scored 46 goals in 104 league appearances for Arsenal from 2006 to 2009 and he was part of Manchester City between 2009 and 2012. In 2011 he joined Real Madrid on loan and he played for Tottenham Hotspur on loan as well in the 2011/2012 Premier League season. The Togolese attacker who is well known for his speed, signed a permanent deal with Tottenham Hotspur on 21 August, 2012 and you should have in mind that the deal was worth £5 million. Emmanuel Adebayor moved to Crystal Palace on January, 2016 and his contract with the capital club expired on 30 June. The 191-cm-tall forward was named African player of the Year in 2008, but in 2010 he retired from the national team duty as Togo team’s bus was attacked by gunmen on the way to the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola. Adebayor scored 31 goals in 66 appearances for the Togolese national team.
Highlighted Team (Ludogorets):
Bulgarian football club PFC Ludogorets Razgrad, commonly referred to as Eagles, compete at the Ludogorets Arena with the capacity of 8,000. PFC Ludogorets Razgrad are owned by Kiril Domuschiev, who made it his personal goal to propel the club to domestic and international success and to hold up the Bulgarian flag high with nation’s biggest clubs Levski and CSKA going through turbulent times. Having seen their stock rise astronomically since 2010, PFK Ludogorets Razgrad have become the first Bulgarian club to be features in the UEFA Champions League group stage twice. Previously, their maiden participation happened in 2014-15 season when the Bulgarian club made headlines due to notable results against FC Basel and Liverpool. Their success on domestic scene has been equally impressive as PFC Ludogorets Razgrad remain the second team in the world to win a treble after being promoted from the second to the first league. Main force of the Bulgarian club are the Brazilian players, currently eight of them in the squad many of whom hold the Bulgarian citizenship.