Our prediction for this Europa League match:
PSV and Granada face each other at Philips Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Thursday’s program. PSV did well to eliminate Rosenborg in the Europa League playoffs, and seeing that they have been producing fine displays in the Eredivisie this term, the Red and Whites are surely capable of making life difficult for Granada.
A man to watch in the Dutch outfit will be Donyell Malen, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. The La Liga side take part in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever. Los Granadinos impressed in the qualifiers for the European competition, but beating PSV in Eindhoven is easier said than done. The likes of Max and Romero should miss out for the hosts, while Granada boss Lozano should field the best possible side against PSV.
Highlighted Player (Kerem Demirbay):
Kerem Demirbay is a product of Schalke 04 football academy. After playing for die Knappen from 1999 to 2007 he joined Borussia Dortmund and it has to be noted that he played for Wattenscheid during his youth career as well. The German footballer of Turkish descent made 28 appearances for Borussia Dortmund II before joining Hamburger SV senior team in 2013.
However, you should know that he played no more than three games in Bundesliga for die Rothosen. Kerem Demirbay played for Kaiserslautern and Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan from 2014 to 2016 and he moved to Hoffenheim in the summer of 2016. Kerem Demirbay scored six goals, while providing ten assists for his teammates in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign.
Demirbay, who was born in Herten, Germany on July 3, 1993 is an attacking midfielder, but he is used as both central and right midfielder as well. The Hoffenheim ace played international youth football for Turkey, but he decided to represent Germany at senior level. Kerem Demirbay made his debut for Germany in a friendly against Denmark on June 6, 2017.
Highlighted Team (Nice):
OGC Nice are a football club that participate in French Ligue 1. Les Aiglons welcome their opponents at Allianz Riviera and the club was founded on 9 July, 1904 by Marquis Massengy d’ Auzac.
OGC Nice won their first Ligue 1 trophy back in 1951 and eight years later they clinched their fourth and last domestic title. Speaking of the French Cup, les Aiglons won their third Coupe de France title in 1997. Allianz Riviera has been the home ground of the club since September, 2013 and it has to be noted that the construction of the venue cost €250 million. OGC Nice play their home games in red and black shirts and black shorts, while the colour of their away kits is white.
The Ligue 1 team booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the 2016/2017 season for the first time in the club’s history and they were drawn alongside Schalke 04, Salzburg and Krasnodar in Group I. However, they were beaten by Schalke in their Europa League opener in front of home fans.