Our prediction for this Europa League match:
CSKA Moscow have been struggling in the Europa League group stages this term, with the team suffering back-to-back defeats to the likes of Ludogorets and Espanyol in the first two group games. The Armeitsy are desperate to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Ferencvaros and seeing that their performance in the 2-0 loss to Espanyol was anything but poor, we are tempted to put our money on the Russian club.
The Hungarians, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Ludogorets and given their poor away record in European competitions, we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling CSKA’s party at VEB Arena. This has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts, who are determined to keep their hopes of advancing to the Europa League knockout stages alive.
Highlighted Player (Mario Fernandes):
Brazilian defender Mario Fernandes is a right-back by trade, but the 25-year-old South American can also play at centre-back. It is exactly his versatility that makes him a player of significant quality. Mario Fernandes signed for CSKA Moscow in 2012 from Gremio and during his time in Russia he has already surpassed the 100-game mark for the Armeitsy who faced plenty of pressure to sell their prized asset in 2015 with Borussia Dortmund, Inter Milan, Manchester United and Barcelona all believed to be interested in a played dubbed the new Lucio.
No stranger to controversy, Mario Fernandes hit headlines for all the wrong reasons on a couple of occasions during his career. Most recent one was a 2015 Champions League qualifiers when his screaming and faking an injury was called an important “theatre piece” by the Russian media.
Temperamental right-back is nevertheless an important member of CSKA’s first-team whose areal ability adds an additional dimension to Army Men’s play.
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.