Our football match prediction:
High-flying Dinamo Zagreb will be looking to cement top position in Group D with a win over Spartak Trnava at their Stadion Maksimir. The Modri have been producing splendid displays in all competitions this season and they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Spartak. Dinamo Zagreb did well to crush Fenerbahce 4-1 in their first home game of the process, which is yet another reason why home win should be considered. A man to watch in the home team will be Swiss international Gavranovic, who has been producing fine performances this season. Spartak Trnava, on the other hand, kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Anderlecht at home, but the team then suffered a dip in form. The Slovaks head into the match following back-to-back defeats to Fenerbahce and Dinamo Zagreb, meaning that they are surely low on confidence.
Highlighted Player (Kévin Théophile-Catherine):
Born in Saint-Brieuc, France, on October 28, 1989, Kevin Theophile-Catherine is a defender who plays for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Theophile-Catherine started his youth career at Rennes and he continued playing for les Rouges et Noirs at senior level. After scoring two goals in 98 appearances for the club from 2009 to 2013, he moved to Cardiff City in the 2013/2014 season, signing a four-year contract with the Bluebirds. After ending his loan spell with Saint-Etienne, he signed a permanent deal with les Verts in 2015 for a fee of £1.5 million. The Dinamo Zagreb footballer has one cap with France U21 team, while making four appearances for the U20 team. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of playing as both right and left back as well. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Dinamo Zagreb should expire on June 30, 2020. Theophile-Catherine made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in a 2-1 win over Osijek on August 17, 2018.
Highlighted Team (FC Spartak Trnava):
Founded in May, 1923, Spartak Trnava are a Slovakian side that won the Czechoslovak First League on five occasions. Spartak Trnava won their first title in 1968 and five years later they won their last domestic trophy in Czechoslovakia. Speaking of the Slovak top flight, the White Angels won the domestic trophy in the 2017/2018 season, with the team finishing the process nine points clear of second-placed Slovan Bratislava. Spartak Trnava wear black shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white. The White Angels play their home games at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, the stadium which was opened in 1921. The venue can hold up to 19,200 spectators. The likes of Jozef Adames, Igor Balis, Bello Babatounde, Karol Dobias, Vladimir Hagara, Matus Conka, Lubomir Luhovy, Jean Paul Farrugia and Dusan Kabat are some of the club’s most notable footballers. Slovan Bratislava are considered Spartak Trnava’s main rivals.