Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Top position in Group L will be at stake when Crvena Zvezda and Hoffenheim face each other at Stadion Rajko Mitic on Thursday evening. Dejan Stankovic’s men booked their place in the last 32 thanks to a 2-0 win over Gent, and they must be high on confidence ahead of the visit of Hoffenheim. The Serbian champions, though, will be without key player Aleksandar Katai in Thursday’s showdown, which is probably the main reason why home win should not be considered.
Midfielder Sanogo returns to contention after serving his ban against Gent. Hoffenheim, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record in the 2020/21 Europa League campaign intact, but they should be happy with one point from the match. Stafylidis, Hubner, and Bicakcic are injured for the visitors, while Bruun Larsen and Adamyan have been tested positive for coronavirus.
Highlighted Player (Richmond Boakye):
Richmond Boakye is a Ghana international who plays for Serbian champions Crvena Zvezda. Boakye was born in Agogo, Ghana on January 28, 1993 and 17 years later he started his senior career at Genoa. After scoring one goal in six appearances in the league for the Rossoblu, Boakye joined Sassuolo on loan in 2011. The Ghanaian attacker was producing fine performances with the Neroverdi in the Italian top flight and, as a result, Juventus owners decided to sign a contract with him.
However, he was immediately sent on loan to his former club Sassuolo where he scored 11 goals in 32 appearances in the 2012/2013 season. Boakye played for Elche, Atalanta and Latina before joining Serbian side Red Star Belgrade. The Ghana international quickly established himself as the team’s key attacker, helping the “crveno-beli” win the 2017/2018 season.
After making 15 appearances for Jiangsu Suning, he returned to Crvena Zvezda in the summer of 2018 as Vladan Milojevic’s men booked their place in the Champions League group stages. Boakye scored his first goal for Ghana on his debut against China.
Highlighted Team (Hoffenheim):
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is a German sport club from Hoffenheim in the Baden-Wurttemberg region. The football division played in season 2001/2002 for the first time in the Regionalliga Sud: the third highest football division in Germany. In 2007 the club managed to get to the 2. Bundesliga. One year later in 2007/2008 the club even managed to reach the Bundesliga .
Hoffenheim plays its home games in the Rhein-Neckar-Arena Rhein-Neckar-Arena which was built in 1999. The venue holds a capacity of 32 000 and is one of the most modern stadiums in Germany. The club colors of Hoffenheim are blue and white. The most known nickname for the club is Hoffe. The most famous football player that played for Hoffenheim was Luiz Gustavo.