Our match prediction:
After failing to beat Monaco in the Champions League qualifiers, Fenerbahce will have yet another chance to try and book their place in the group stages of a European competition. The Turkish side face Grasshopper in the Europa League play-offs and they are regarded as favourites on paper to make it to the group stages. However, the Swiss outfit should not be written off just yet as they have already kicked off the new domestic campaign. Grasshopper have been scoring goals for fun at the start of the season, but they have been struggling at the back of late and that is the main reason why we predict a number of goals will be scored in the upcoming Europa League two-legged tie. Fenerbahce and Grasshopper meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Key attacker Robin van Persie misses the match with injury and in his absence a man to watch in the home team will be Emenike.
Highligted Player (Skrtel):
Martin Skrtel is without a doubt one of Slovakia’s most famous footballers and with over 80 appearances for the national team, he is also one of their most capped players. Following a bright start to his career at Trencin, the powerful defender secured a move to Zenit, where he would go on to spend next three and a half years. But, it was the £6.5 million transfer to Liverpool in January 2008 that put him on the map and ensured he would be remembered by football fans everywhere. Known for his uncompromising style of play that often got him into trouble, Skrtel enjoyed some success at Anfield, and even though major titles eluded him and his teammates, the centre-back scored in the 2011/2012 League Cup final to help the Reds lift the coveted trophy. The Slovakian defender has so far made over 240 Premier League appearances for one of England’s most famous clubs and he has also been a real rock at the back for the Slovakian national team. Skrtel has missed very few competitive matches for his country after making his debut back in 2004, and he started four fixtures at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.