Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Fenerbahce managed to get their revenge on Manchester United for a heavy 4-1 loss at Old Trafford. The Turks recorded a 2-1 victory over the Red Devils in their last group game and thanks to the triumph they climbed to top position in Group A. Fener are on the right track to qualify for the Europa League last 32, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s football match against rock-bottom Zorya. The Turkish outfit have been impressive at home ground this season and we predict that they will book their place in the knockout stages with a victory over the Ukrainian side. Zorya have little to play for in Thursday’s match and there are unlikely to spoil Fenerbahce’s party at Ulker Stadyumu Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Spor Kompleksi. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Ukraine, but seeing that Dick Advocaat’s men are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on the Turks this time out.
Highlighted Player (Robin van Persie):
After spending three seasons at Feyenoord, Robin van Persie joined Premier League side Arsenal in 2004. The 188-cm-tall forward, who was born on 6 August, 1983 was struggling with injuries during his spell with the capital club, but he impressed in the 2011/2012 Premier League campaign, scoring 30 goals for the Gunners in the national championship.
Against all odds, he betrayed Arsenal fans at the end of the season as he signed a deal with Manchester United for a fee of £22.5 million. The Dutch striker 26 goals in the 2012/2013 Premier League campaign with the Red Devils and he helped the English giants win the domestic title. However, he failed to impress in the 2014/2015 season and the club chiefs decided to sell him to Fenerbahce on 14 July, 2015.
He signed a three-year deal with the Turkish outfit for a fee of £3.84 million and has been playing for Fener ever since. In 2010 he participated in the FIFA World Cup final with Netherlands, but the Oranje were beaten by Spain in the title game.
Highlighted Team (Zorya):
Zorya are a professional football club that compete in the Ukrainian Premier League. The club was founded in 1923 and in 1972 they won Soviet Top League. Speaking of competitions in Ukraine, Zorya made it to the cup final in the 2015/2016 season, with the team losing to Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2) in the title game.
Despite suffering the loss to the Miners in the Ukrainian Cup final, Zorya made it to the Europa League group stages. It has to be noted that the Ukrainian team played out a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce on their debut in the group stages of the European competition. Slavutych Arena has been the home ground of the club since 2014 and you should bear in mind that they played at Avanhard Stadium from 1951 to 2014.
Before the World War II Zorya played their home games at Lenin Stadium. The club’s home colours are black and white. Anatoliy Kuksov is the club’s most capped players, making 517 appearances for Zorya in all competitions.