Our football match prediction:
Dynamo Kiev suffered a shocking loss to Young Boys in the Champions League qualifiers and, as a result, they will represent Ukraine in the Europa League group stages. The Ukrainian side are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s football match against Skenderbeu, but it has to be noted that key player Yarmolenko left the club in the summer transfer window. In his absence a man to watch in the home team will be Dieumerci Mbokani, who has been in a fine form at the start of the season. Skenderbeu, on the other hand, did remarkably well to book their place in the group stages of the Europa League by beating Dinamo Zagreb in the two-legged tie and it remains to be seen if they are capable of claiming yet another major scalp in the European competition. Dynamo Kiev are tough to beat at home and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the underdogs this time out.
Highlighted Player (Kravets):
Artem Kravets is a towering striker born on 3 June 1989 in Dniprodzerzhynsk, and he is a player who has yet to realise his full potential. Coming through the youth ranks at Dynamo Kiev, the forward never quite managed to nail down a regular starting berth in Ukraine’s most famous club, but he has rather searched for form during loan spells with Arsenal Kiev and Stuttgart. The return of 15 goals in 24 league appearances for Dynamo during the 2014/2015 season saw Kravets eventually get a chance to prove his worth in German Bundesliga, but the loan stint with VFB Stuttgart did not go according to plan. Despite the lack of action on club level, the striker was important member of the Ukraine team that secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals, scoring 3 goals in eight qualifiers, and he has since also profited from Yevhen Seleznyov’s decision to move to Russia that cost him a place in the national team.
Highlighted Team (Skenderbeu):
Founded in 1925, Skenderbeu are considered one of the oldest clubs in Albania. The Juglindoret (The South Easterners) are well known for their red shirts with white stripes and they welcome their rivals at Skenderbeu Stadium. The stadium was opened back in 1957 and the capacity of the venue is 12.343. Skenderbeu won their sixth Albanian Superliga trophy in the 2014/2016 season, whilst they have yet to win the Albanian Cup trophy. The Judlingoret will play in the 2017/2018 Europa League group stages after impressing in the qualifiers for the European competition. The Albanian outfit set up a meeting with Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League play-offs by beating the likes of Santa Julia, Kairat and Mlada Boleslav and thank to the away goal rule they eliminated the Croatian side in the two-legged tie. Skenderbeu will face the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys and Partizan in Group B. The club’s main supporters group is Ujqerit e Debores.