Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bayer Leverkusen will look to get their job in the tie with Ferencvaros when the two teams face each other in the Europa League last 16, first leg at BayArena. The Bundesliga side have been showing signs of improvement of late, and their display in a 4-1 win over Hertha Berlin is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s clash. Fit-again striker Patrick Schick is pushing for a start, while wing-back Jeremie Frimpong has joined Andrey Lunev and Charles Aranguiz in the recovery room.
The Hungarian champions, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, but they will have a mountain to climb in the Europa League game. Since Ferencvaros are not regarded as good travellers, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. In their last meeting at the venue Bayer Leverkusen defeated Ferencvaros 2-1.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Schick):
Patrick Schick is a Czech Republic international who plays for Sampdoria as a striker. Schick was born in Prague on January 24, 1996 and he started his career at the youth team of his home-town club Sparta Prague. The 187-cm-tall attacker, played only four games for the capital club before moving to Bohemians 1905 on loan in 2015.
After ending his loan spell with the Klokani, Patrick Schick moved to Italy, signing a deal with Serie A side Sampdoria for a fee of €4 million. The Czech footballer has been playing for La Samp ever since and you should know that he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Serie A campaign.
The talented striker, who is very good in the air, scored on his debut for Czech Republic in a 6-0 win over Malta in May 2016. Patrick Schick’s preferred foot is left and his contract with Sampdoria should expire on June 30, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Ferencvaros):
Established back in 1899, Ferencvaros are the most successful Hungarian club. The Zold Sasok clinched their 30th domestic trophy in the 2018/2019 season, but they eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League. Dinamo Zagreb proved to be a big catch for Ferencvaros in the Champions League play-offs, but the Green Eagles booked their spot in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever the same season.
Ferencvaros are well known for their green and white home kit, but they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. Ujpest are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, whilst Ferencvaros and MTK Budapest face each other in the Eternal derby.
Honved are seen as the club’s bitter rivals as well. Back in 1975 the Zold Sasok made it to the UEFA Cup Winner’s Cup, with the team losing to Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev in the title game. Sandor Kocsis, who scored 75 goals in 68 appearances for the Hungarian national team, is the club’s most notable footballer.