Our football match prediction:
Istanbul Basaksehir and Sporting Braga square off against each other at Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu in their last group game in the Europa League. The Turkish side need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match if they are to make it to the last 32, but their destiny is not in their own hands. Sporting Braga, on the other hand, aim to clinch top position in Group C and seeing that the hosts have no other choice but to go all guns blazing at the Primeira Liga side, we predict the visitors will have a number of chances to score on the break. Los Bragantinos defeated Istanbul Basaksehir at their Estadio Municipal de Braga in their second group game and there is every chance Abel Ferreira’s men will repeat the success. Brazilian midfielder Fransergio scored a brace in a 3-1 win over Hoffenheim and he will be the man to watch in the home 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 (Sporting Braga):
Braga are a Portuguese club that have always been in the shadow of Primeira Liga giants Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Os Minhotos were founded on 19 January, 1921 and they originally played in green and white kits. After the World War II they changed their kits to red and they have been wearing red shirts and white shorts ever since. Braga play their home games at Estadio Municipal de Braga, the stadium that was opened in December, 2003. Os Minhotos have yet to win the Primeira Liga title, but they finished the 2009/2010 campaign in second position in the standings, just five points behind champions Benfica. In 2011 Braga participated in the Europa League final, but fellow Portuguese outfit Porto proved to be a big catch for Os Minhotos. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. Vitoria de Guimaraes are considered Braga’s bitter rivals and the two teams face each other in the Minho derby.