Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Istanbul Basaksehir play host to Wolfsberger at their Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. The Turks suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Roma at Stadio Olimpico in the opening match of their 2019/2020 Europa League campaign, but their display in a 1-1 draw with Borussia M’gladbach was anything but poor.
The Austrian outfit, on the other hand, impressed on their debut in the Europa League, with the team crushing Borussia M’gladbach 4-0 on the road and thanks to a 1-1 draw with Roma at home ground they moved one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages. However, beating Basaksehir Istanbul in the Turkish capital is easier said than done and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Bosnia midfielder Edin Visca is likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts.
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 (Wolfsberger):
Welcoming their rivals at Lavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberger are an Austrian side that compete in the Bundesliga, the Austrian top flight. GAM FC footballers wear black and blue shirts and black shorts when playing on home soil, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Wolfsberger finished the 2018/2019 Austrian Bundesliga in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever. The Lavanttal-Arena outfit were placed in Group J, alongside Borussia M’gladbach, Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir.
GAM FC did well to win the Austrian First League in the 2011/2012 season, with the team finishing the process six points clear of second-placed Altach, but they have yet to win the Austrian Bundesliga trophy. It has to be noted that SV Ried and AT SV Wolfsberg are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.