Our prediction for this Europa League match:
NSK Olimpijs’kyj will host Thursday’s football game between Dynamo Kiev and Malmo, the two teams who face each other in the opening match of the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. Dynamo Kiev were beaten by Club Brugge in the Champions League third qualifying round, but they are definitely capable of recording a good result in the Europa League this term.
The Ukrainian side aim to kick off their Europa League in style and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at Malmo in Thursday’s clash at their NSK Olimpijs’kyj. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Luxembourg international Gerson Rodriguez, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Malmo are tough to beat at home, but given their anything but good away record in European competitions, we are tempted to put our money on the Ukrainians.
Highlighted Player (Carlos Zambrano):
Carlos Zambrano is a 26-year-old Peruvian footballer who represents Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt. The talented centre back is often credited to be one of the most promising defenders coming from his nation. Zambrano is well known for his strong tackling and excellent defensive organization capabilities.
Starting his youth career with Cantolao, he was quickly snapped up by Bundesliga team Schalke 04. He was a regular starter for their youth team and was soon made the captain. He was a cornerstone of their defence and was soon promoted to the first team of Schalke. In 2012, he signed on to play for Eintracht Frankfurt and has already represented them in more than 80 matches.
Zambrano made his senior debut with Peru in 2008. He was chosen to represent the team in 2011 Copa America only to see an injury clamp his participation. Zambrano has represented Peru in 43 games so far scoring four goals.
Highlighted Team (Malmo):
Founded on February 24, 1910, Malmo are a Swedish team that compete in Allsvenskan league. The Blues welcome their rivals at Stadion, Malmo, the venue which was opened in April, 2009. It is important to note that the stadium can hold up to 22,500 supporters of which 18,000 are seated.
Malmo are the most successful Swedish side, with the team winning their 23rd domestic trophy in 2017. The Blues finished the season seven points clear of AIK, scoring 63 goals and conceding 27 in the process. Speaking of the club’s European success, Malmo did well to make it to the European Cup final in the 1978/1979 season, but they eventually failed to win the trophy.
The Swedish side were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the title game (0-1), with Trevor John Francis scoring the only goal of the match. Malmo wear sky-blue shirts and white shorts when playing at home, whereas their away colour is black.