Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Dinamo in Zagreb, Fenerbahce will be aiming to give fans something to cheer about when they host Spartak Trnava at their Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu on Thursday evening. The Turkish side are eager to keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. Spartak Trnava, on the other hand, failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages, but they did well to beat Anderlecht at home in their Europa League opener. The Slovaks are likely to wait for their chance to score on the break, but given Fenerbahce’s impressive home record, we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who undisputedly want this win more than the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Nabil Dirar):
Moroccan footballer Nabil Dirar is a left winger for AS Monaco. The 30-year-old Casablanca-born winger arrived at Monaco in 2012 from Belgian side Club Brugge, where he spent four seasons. A mainstay with the Belgian side, Dirar increasingly stood out by his on and off pitch behavior as the Morocco international was known to get in frequent altercations with opposing players, but his own teammates which had often resulted in Dirar being sent to train and play for the reserves. His €7.5 million sale to AS Monaco was the highest transfer fee ever received by Club Brugge. Nabil Dirar made a good use of the change of scenery by going on to become one of AS Monaco’s key performers. The 30-year-old winger racked up impressive nine Ligue 1 assists in 2015-16 season, prompting increased interest from European clubs. Serie A giants Lazio were reported to be interested in the Monaco player, who will have an important role to play during his club’s Champions League participation.
Highlighted Team (FC Spartak Trnava):
Founded in May, 1923, Spartak Trnava are a Slovakian side that won the Czechoslovak First League on five occasions. Spartak Trnava won their first title in 1968 and five years later they won their last domestic trophy in Czechoslovakia. Speaking of the Slovak top flight, the White Angels won the domestic trophy in the 2017/2018 season, with the team finishing the process nine points clear of second-placed Slovan Bratislava. Spartak Trnava wear black shirts with red stripes when playing at home, while the colour of their away kit is white. The White Angels play their home games at Stadion Antona Malatinskeho, the stadium which was opened in 1921. The venue can hold up to 19,200 spectators. The likes of Jozef Adames, Igor Balis, Bello Babatounde, Karol Dobias, Vladimir Hagara, Matus Conka, Lubomir Luhovy, Jean Paul Farrugia and Dusan Kabat are some of the club’s most notable footballers. Slovan Bratislava are considered Spartak Trnava’s main rivals.