Our prediction for this Europa League match:
As expected, Zurich failed to spoil Villarreal’s party at Camp el Madrigal in their Europa League opener, but the Swiss team did well to beat Osmanlispor in their second group game. Ulrich Forte’s men were on the verge of suffering a loss to Steaua at Arena Nationala, but Moussa Kone’s late equalizer helped der Stadtclub pick up one point from the game. Zurich sit in second place in Group L and, no doubt, Thursday’s football match against Steaua is of big importance for the hosts. The Romanian side suffered five defeats in previous seven away games in the Europa League and that is the main reason why we predict that the visitors will return home empty-handed. Ulrich Forte’s team had 16 goal attempts in the 1-1 draw with Steaua in the reverse fixture, while taking nine corners and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered this time out.
Highlighted Team (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since.
In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown.
Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.