Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a slim goalless draw at Camp Nou, Barcelona will look to book their place in the Europa League quarter-finals when they take on Galatasaray in Istanbul on Thursday. Barca aim to build on a 4-0 win over Osasuna, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. A man to watch in the away team will be Ferran Torres, who scored a brace at the weekend, while Nico is back from the La Liga ban.
The likes of Roberto, Balde, Fati, and Umtiti should miss out with injuries. Galatasaray did well to hold Barcelona to a draw in Catalonia, but they face yet another difficult task on Thursday evening. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Xavi’s troops have been impressive ever since the club chiefs reinforce the squad in the January transfer window. Former Barcelona man Arda Turan should be the only absentee in the home side.
Highlighted Player (DeAndre Yedlin):
DeAndre Yedlin is a versatile 22-year-old young American footballer who is currently on loan at Sunderland from English Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur. His primary position is as a right-back but Yedlin can also play as a wingback or a wide midfielder. He is known for his speed on the wings and getting great crosses on the flanks.
Yedlin was part of Washington Youth Soccer’s State Olympic Development Program from 2006-09 before joining the Seattle Sounders FC youth academy in 2010. He played college soccer at the University of Akron starting in 20 games for the Zips.
Yedlin soon made his mark with Seattle Sounders and earned the record of becoming the first rookie to be named to the MLS team of the Week on his professional debut and the second rookie to make it to the All-star team. He earned his senior team debut in 2014 and has 33 caps to his name.
Highlighted Team (Barcelona):
Barcelona is a Spanish football club based in Barcelona, Catalonia. Barca were founded in 1899 and they are regarded as one of the greatest clubs in world football. The Catalan giants won their 24th La Liga title in 2016, with Luis Suarez winning “El Pichichi” award. Barcelona have won five European Cup trophies and a number of top-class players were part of the team in the past.
The likes of Hristo Stoichkov, Romario, Rivaldo, Ronaldinho, Ronaldo, Johan Cruyff, Diego Maradona and Pep Guardiola are some of many players that played for Barca in the past, but, no doubt, Leo Messi has established himself as the club’s trademark. Barcelona welcome their rivals at Camp Nou, the stadium that was built in 1957.
Barcelona’s local rivals are Espanyol, but the rivalry between Barca and Real Madrid is much bigger. The two La Liga giants face each other in “El Clasico”, which is considered one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Barca are famous for their football youth school La Masia as well.