Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Galatasaray and Hajduk Split face each other in a highly-anticipated clash at Turk Telekom Stadyumu in the Europa League third qualifying round. Galatasaray kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 3-1 win over Neftci Baku, with Mbaye Diagne scoring a brace. Midfielder Emre Akbaba remains in the recovery room, while goalkeeper Fernando Muslera is rated doubtful for the game.
Hajduk Split, on the other hand, defeated Renova of North Macedonia in their Europa League opener, with Mijo Caktas scoring the only goal of the match. The Croats will have a much bigger fish to fry in Thursday’s football game, and given Galatasaray’s European experience, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Colombian veteran Radamel Falcao, who has been scoring goals for fun of late.
Highlighted Player (Radamel Falcao):
Radamel Falcao, nicknamed the “Colombian Tiger”, is considered one of the best players in the history of Colombian football. The 177-cm-tall attacker is well known for his brilliant finishing and his header technique gives him an advantage in aerial battles with opposition defenders.
Falcao was born in Santa Marta, Colombia on 10 February, 1986 and he started his senior career at Lanceros Boyaca. He played for Argentine giants River Plate between 2005 and 2009 and in 2009 he joined Porto. After scoring 41 goals in 51 league appearances for the Dragons, Falcao signed for Atletico Madrid on 18 August 2011 for a fee of €40 million.
The Colombian attacker helped los Rojiblancos win Europa League trophy in 2012, scoring 12 goals in the process. He played for Monaco in the 2013/2014 Ligue 1 campaign and in 2014 he signed a loan deal with Manchester United. He scored just 4 goals in 26 league appearances for the Red Devils and was later loaned to Chelsea before returning to Stade Louis II.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1.
The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game.
In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.