Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a goalless draw with Dinamo Zagreb in Istanbul, Fenerbahce booked their place in the Europa League last 32. The Turkish side extended their unbeaten run in Group D to four matches and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on Spartak in Trnava in their last group match. Seeing that Fenerbahce have already got their job done, key players are likely to be rested in Thursday’s football match, therefore, away win should not be considered. Spartak Trnava are eager to give fans some cheer and seeing that a win over Fenerbahce will see them cement third place in the standings, we are tempted to put our money on the Slovaks. You should bear in mind that Radek Latal’s men defeated Anderlecht in front of home fans in their Europa League opener.
Highlighted Player (Vakhtang Chanturishvili):
Vakhtang Chanturishvili is a Georgia international who is a product of Sasco Tbilisi football academy. After making 14 appearances for Norchi Dinamoeli Tbilisi, Vakhtang Chanturishvili continued his senior career at Zestafoni, where he scored 2 goals in 21 appearances for the club.
From 2015 to 2016 Chanturishvili played for the most famous Georgian side Dinamo Tbilisi and in 2017 he moved to Oleksandriya of Ukraine. Nowadays the Georgian footballer plays for Slovakian side Spartak Trnava, who booked their place in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.
Speaking of his international career, Chanturishvili made his Georgia debut in May 2016 in a 3-1 loss to Slovakia. Chanturishvili started the match, but he was substituted by Levan Kenia after 45 minutes. His main position is left midfielder, but he is used as a central midfielder as well. The Spartak Trnava footballer was born in Ozurgeti (Georgia) on August 5, 1993. His preferred foot is left.
Highlighted Team (Fenerbahce):
Fenerbahce are one of the biggest football clubs in Turkey. The Kanaryalar were founded on 3 May, 1907 as Fenerbahce Futbol Kulubu. Fener won their first domestic trophy in 1959 and they quickly established themselves as one of the main forces in Turkish football.
In 2014 Fenerbahce clinched their 19th league title, with the team finishing the season nine points clear of Besiktas. Galatasaray are considered Fener’s bitterest rivals and the two teams face each other in Kitalar Arasi Derbi. The rivalry between the clubs started back in 1934, when a friendly between the two teams was abandoned due to riots. Besiktas are regarded as Fenerbahce’s big rivals as well.
The likes of Mujdat Yetkiner, Zeki Riza Sporel, Aykut Kocaman, Emre Belozoglu, Alex, Nicolas Anelka, Diego Lugano, Roberto Carlos and Dirk Kuyt are famous footballers who played for the club in the past. The Kanaryalar play their home games at Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1908. Fener’s home kits are navy blue and yellow.