Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Crvena Zvezda will be aiming to record their first win in Group H when they take on Ferencvaros in Belgrade on Thursday evening. Following back-to-back losses to Monaco and Trabzonspor, the Serbian champions a must-win situation this time out, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Hungarians. The good news for the hosts is that key midfielder Mirko Ivanic is back after recovering from his injury, but Zambia international Kings Kangwa misses out through suspension.
Ferencvaros, on the other hand, are surprising Group H leaders, with the team beating both Trabzon and Monaco in the process. However, home win should be considered as Zvezda head coach Milojevic can count on Ivanic for Thursday’s showdown. To make things even worse for the Group H leaders, Stadion Rajko Mitic will be packed with “Delije”. Bosnia international Eldar Civic is back from suspension for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Guélor Kanga):
Over the years Guelor Kanga has established himself as one of the best players in the Serbian Super League. The Gabon international has been playing the key role in Crvena Zvezda ever since he joined the club in the summer of 2016 and he helped the Serbian side book their place in the 2017/2018 Europa League group stages.
Kanga scored a wonder goal in the Europa League play-offs, return leg, against Krasnodar and, as a result, he has become the fans’ favourite. The pacey midfielder started his senior career at Mangasport and he played for the likes of Missile, Mounana and Rostov as well before joining Crvena Zvezda. Kanga is well known for his brilliant passes and his technique is marvelous as well.
The Crvena Zvezda midfielder represented Gabon at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and he played for his homeland at the 2017 tournament as well. His main position is attacking midfield, but he is used as a winger as well.
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.