Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Feyenoord recorded one of the greatest wins in the history of the club in their Europa League opener. The Dutch team shocked English giants Manchester United at their Stadion Feijenoord, but they failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Fenerbahce in Istanbul. De Trots van Zuid obviously produce much better performances in front of home fans and it is no surprise they are considered favourites on paper to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Zorya. Yury Vernydub’s men sit in third position in the Ukrainian Premier League standings, meaning that they should not be written off just yet. Zorya produced a fine display in a 1-0 loss to Manchester United at Old Trafford and that is the main reason why we predict Feyenoord will record a hard-fought victory over the Ukrainian outfit. A man to watch will be top scorer Nicolai Jorgensen, who has netted seven goals in the Eredivisie this team.
Highlighted Player (Terence Kongolo):
Despite being born in Fribourg, Switzerland Terence Kongolo plays for the Dutch national team. The 188-cm-tall centre back, who plays as a left back as well, began his club career at Feyenoord and he has been playing for de Trots van Zuid ever since. Kongolo has established himself as one of the team’s key players and it is no surprise Louis Van Gaal included him in the Netherlands 2014 FIFA World Cup squad. The defender came as a substitute in the final group game against Chile. The Oranje won the bronze medal at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, beating hosts Brazil in the third-place play offs. It has to be noted that he was part of the Netherlands U17 Team that clinched the trophy at the 2011 European Championship finals. Kongolo made 29 appearances for Feyenoord in the 2015/2016 Eredivisie campaign, while playing six games in the Dutch Cup. His contract with Feyenoord expires on 30 June, 2018.
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.