Our football match prediction:
Fenerbahce came from behind to beat Sturm in Graz in the Europa League third qualifying round, first leg. Fener showed character in the 2-1 victory over the Austrian side and they are widely expected to get their job done in Thursday’s football match at Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi. The Turks are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict you should know that Aykut Kocaman’s men recorded six wins in previous seven home games in the Europa League. Sturm Graz are low on confidence ahead of the second leg, but one thing is for sure, the Austrians have nothing to lose in Thursday’s encounter and they are likely to go all guns blazing at Fenerbahce. The Turkish side should have a number of opportunities to attack their rivals on the break and, taking everything into account, home win should be considered.
Highligted Player (Van Persie):
Robin van Persie started his football career at Excelsior in the academy and was then seen as a great talent. At 13 van Persie came to Excelsior, whereupon Feyenoord took him. At Feyenoord he played in the F-, E- and D teams. Mounir El Hamdaoui and Luigi Bruins are childhood friends with whom Van Persie played in Rotterdam East played football. Van Persie made his debut in the first team of Feyenoord on February 3, 2002 against Roda JC. The same season he won the UEFA Cup with the club. In the summer of 2004 Van Persie, through the intercession of Arsene Wenger was contracted by Arsenal. Robin van Persie also played more than 54 games for the Dutch national team. In 2011, Vendette was the chosen one at Arsenal. After the departure of Cesc Fabregas to FC Barcelona Van Persie was also promoted to captain of the team. In April 2012 Van Persie was chosen by the English players' union PFA as the best player in the Premier League. The attacker was chosen by his peers as the best player of the 2011-2012 season. A few weeks later British journalists elected van Persie as the best player of the season in the prestigious FWA Player of the Year Award.
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.