Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Crvena Zvezda will be looking to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Hoffenheim when they host Liberec at their Stadion Rajko Mitic in their second group game. The Serbian champions were beating by the Bundesliga side in Sinsheim, but it has to be noted that Dejan Stankovic’s troops missed a couple of clear-cut opportunities to score at 0-0. Crvena Zvezda aim to get back on course as soon as possible, and the good news for the hosts is that Montenegro international Mirko Ivanic has been tested negative for coronavirus.
Gaylor Kanga, on the other hand, is rated doubtful for Thursday’s clash. Liberec did well to beat Gent thanks to Yusuf’s goal in their opener, but given their anything but good away record in European competitions, we are tempted to put our money on the Serbian outfit. Keep in mind, though, that Crvena Zvezda boss will watch the game from the stands due to suspension.
Highlighted Player (Diego Falcinelli):
Diego Falcinelli is an Italian footballer who plays for Sassuolo as a striker. He joined the Neroverdi in 2009, but spent several seasons on loan at Foligno, Juve Stabia, Lanciano and Perugia. Falcinelli score 14 goals in 38 league appearances for Perugia and, as a result, Sasuolo chiefs wanted his back.
The 186-cm-tall attacker returned to the club in 2015 and he scored two goals in 26 appearances for the Neroverdi in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. Falcinelli was born in Marsciano, Italy on 26 June, 1991 and he has yet to make his debut for the Italy national team. However, it has to be noted that he received a call-up to Italy U19 team.
The left-footed striker, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, has a contract with Sassuolo which expires on 30 June, 2020. Falcinelli wears number nine on his shirt and he is represented by PB sports management.
Highlighted Team (Slovan Liberec):
Slovan Liberec are a professional football club that participate in Czech First League. The club were founded in 1958 and they won their first domestic trophy in 2002. The Modrobili won the national championship in 2006 as well, with the team finishing the season five points clear of second-placed Mlada Boleslav.
Six years later Slovan Liberec clinched their third domestic trophy, leaving the likes of Sparta Prague and Viktoria Plzen behind them in the standings. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Czech outfit made it to the UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 2002, but they failed to make life difficult for star-studded Borussia Dortmund in the two-legged tie.
The Modrobili welcome their rivals at Stadion u Nisy and the capacity of the stadium is 10 000. The venue was built in 1933, but it was renovated on two occasions (1995, 2001). Slovan Liberec play their home games in blue and white kits and the colour of their away kits is blue.