Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Borac Banja Luka will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Sutjeska in the Europa League second qualifying round. The Bosnian have already kicked off the new domestic campaign, with the team continuing with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels. Borac Banja Luka are tough to beat at home, but there will be no spectators in Thursday’s clash due to the fierce of coronavirus spread.
Rio Ave, on the other hand, continue preparations for the new Primeira Liga campaign. The Portuguese outfit were producing excellent displays in the national championship last term, and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win their Europa League opener. Rio Ave boss Mario Silva has a number of high-profile players to choose from, and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
Highlighted Player (Lucas Piazon):
Lucas Piazon is a Chelsea player who played for several clubs on loan during his career. After joining the Blues in 2012, the Brazilian winger signed a loan deal with Malaga in 2013. After making no more than 11 appearances for los Boquerones in the Spanish top flight, Lucas Piazon moved to Vitesse at the end of the 2012/2013 season.
Piazon impressed in the Eredivisie, scoring 11 goals in 29 appearances for the Vitas in the Dutch top flight. The Brazilian footballer played for the likes of Frankfurt, Reading, Fulham, and Chievo as well before joining Primeira Liga club Rio Ave in 2019. Lucas Piazon made his Primeira Liga debut on September 15, 2019, in a 4-2 home loss to Tondela.
His primary position is left winger, but he is used as a right winger and attacking midfielder as well. Piazon was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on January 20, 1994, and he has five caps for Brazil U23 team.
Highlighted Team (Rio Ave):
Nicknamed Rio Grande, Rio Ave are a Portuguese club that compete in Primeira Liga. Rio Ave were founded back in 1939 and they welcome their rivals at Estadio dos Arcos, the stadium which can hold up to 12,815 people.
The team’s home shirt is green with white stripes, whilst the colour of their shorts is green. Rio Ave wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels. The club’s biggest success came in the 2014/2015 season when they represented Portugal in the Europa League group stages. Rio Ave finished the process in the last position in Group J, but they did well to record their first ever win in the competition, with the team beating Danish club Aalborg 2-0 at their Estadio do Rio Ave Futebol Clube.
Former Real Madrid full-back Fabio Coentrao is considered one of the club’s most notable footballers. Manchester City first-choice goalkeeper Ederson played for Rio Ave in the past as well.