Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Fenerbahce will be aiming to kick off their Europa League qualifying campaign in style when they take on Helsinki at their Ulker Stadyumu on Thursday. Ecuador international Enner Valencia is still part of the team, and, no doubt, the 31-year-old is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Summer signing Steven Caulker is likely to make his Fenerbahce debut against HJK, while Dimitrios Pelkas is out of contention through injury.
The Finns, on the other hand, are leading the chase for the domestic trophy. Helsinki have been impressive in the new Veikkausliiga campaign, and seeing that Fenerbahce kicked off the 2021/2022 Turkish Super Lig season at the weekend, the share of spoils is on the cards in Istanbul. Roope Riski, who scored a brace in the 3-0 triumph over Neftchi Baku, will be the man to keep an eye on in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Mbwana Samatta):
Born in Dar Es Salaam on December 23, 1992, Mbwana Samatta is a Tanzania striker who plays for Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League. Samatta began his youth career at African Lyon and he played his first game at senior level for Simba SC, the club from his homeland.
In 2011 he moved to TP Mazembe and after scoring 60 goals in 103 league games for the club, the Tanzania international signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Genk. On August 23, 2018 Samatta scored a hat-trick against Brondby in the Europa League.
Speaking of his international debut, Samatta made his Tanzania debut in March, 2011 in a 2-1 win over Central African Republic. It has to be noted that the Genk attacker was named African Player of the Year (based in Africa) in 2015. His main position is centre-forward, but is capable of playing as a winger as well. His contract with Genk should expire on June 30, 2020.