Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Against all odds, Villarreal suffered a 2-1 loss to Osmanlispor at their Camp El Madrigal and, as a result, they dropped to third place in Group L. The Yellow Submarine have been producing fine performances in La Liga this season and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to Switzerland. Fran Escriba’s team recorded a 2-1 win over Zurich in the reverse fixture, meaning that they need to pick up one point from Thursday’s football match if they are to climb to second place in the standings. We predict that the Spaniards will adopt a defence-minded approach against Ulrich Forte’s troops and, taking everything into account, share of spoils appears on the horizon. Zurich are on a four-game winning run in the Swiss Challenge League and it has to be noted that they scored 18 goals in previous four league fixtures. Anyhow, they face an uphill task against Villarreal.
Highlighted Player (Gabriel Agbonlahor):
Gabriel Agbonlahor was born in Birmingham on 13 October, 1986. The English footballer began his youth career in his home-town club Aston Villa and he has been playing for the Villa Park outfit ever since. Agbonlahor, though, played ten league games for the likes of Watford and Sheffield Wednesday in 2005 on loan.
The pacey attacker, who is capable of playing as a winger as well, scored 16 goals for Aston Villa in the 2009/2010 Premier League campaign and he helped the team made it to the League Cup final the same season. In 2015 Gabriel Agbonlahor participated in the FA Cup final with Aston Villa, but Arsenal proved to be a big catch for the Villans.
The Gunners crushed Aston Villa 4-0 in the title game. Agbonlahor has 16 caps for England U21 team and he played three matches for the senior team. He has yet to score for the England national team. It has to be noted that Gabriel’s father is Nigerian, while his mother is Scottish.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.