Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Fenerbahce play host to Antwerp at their Ulker Stadyumu in round 3 of the Europa League group stages. Fener aim to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Olympiakos, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Belgian outfit. All Sosa, Sangare, Kahveci, and Tisserand are likely to miss the match with injuries, while Ecuador attacker Enner Valencia is pushing for a start.
Antwerp, on the other hand, made a slow start to their Europa League campaign, with the team losing each of their first two group games. Since the Belgians are not regarded as good travelers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Turks. Antwerp defender Buta has joined the likes of Coopman, Engels, and Nsimba in the recovery room. It has to be noted that the two sides meet for the first time ever in a competitive match.
Highlighted Player (Mauricio Lemos):
Mauricio Lemos is a Uruguay international who plays for Las Palmas as a centre-back. Lemos began his youth career at Defensor Sporting and he made nine appearances in the league for the club at senior level. In 2015 he moved to Russia, signing a loan deal with Rubin Kazan and it has to be noted that he made his debut for the Volzhane on August 3, 2015 in a 1-0 loss to Spartak Moscow.
After making eight appearances for the Russian Premier League club in all competitions, Mauricio Lemos joined La Liga side Las Palmas in the winter of 2016. The 185-cm-tall footballer made his debut for los Amarillos on February 20 in a 2-1 defeat to Barcelona.
The right-footed defender scored five goals in 23 appearances for Las Palmas in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign as he is a free-kick master. Lemos, who is well known for his powerful shot, was born in Rivera, Uruguay on December 28, 1995. His contract with Las Palmas should expire on June 30, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.