Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bayer Leverkusen play host to Ferencvaros at BayArena in their Europa League opener. Bayer Leverkusen aim to bounce back from a 4-3 loss to Borussia Dortmund, and we are positive that they will go all guns blazing at Ferencvaros. Czech international Patrik Schick, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, will be the man to watch in the home team. Since both Aranguiz and Hincapie return from international duties, home win should be considered.
The Green and Whites, on the other hand, have been handed a tough draw for the Europa League group stages, and seeing that Bayer Leverkusen have turned their BayArena into a real fortress, the visitors are likely to return to Budapest empty-handed. You should bear in mind that the two teams have never met before in European competitions. Leverkusen defenders should have Norwegian attacker Tokmac Nguen at bay.
Highlighted Player (Charles Aránguiz):
Charles Aranguiz is a Chilean footballer who plays for Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen as a midfielder. Aranguiz spent his youth career at Universidad de Chile and Cobreloa and he continued playing for los Zorros del desierto at senior level.
The Chilean footballer spent some time on loan at Cobresal as well before joining Colo-Colo in 2009. After playing for the likes of Quilmes, Universidad de Chile and Internacional from 2010 to 2015, Charles Aranguiz signed a contract with Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on August 13, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Aranguiz has four caps for Chile U20 team and he made his debut for the senior squad in 2009.
The Bayer Leverkusen midfielder was not selected for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, but he represented La Roja at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Charles Aranguiz was born in Puente Alto (Santiago) on April 17, 1989. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and right midfielder as well. Aranguiz’s preferred foot is right.
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.