Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Getafe will be aiming to keep their 100% record in the Europa League group stages intact when they host Basel at their Coliseum Alfonso Perez. Los Azulones have been producing fine performances in the group stages of the European competitions and they surely aim to get their job done as soon as possible. The La Liga club have turned their Coliseum Alfonso Perez into a real fortress and we predict that they are going to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening.
The Rotblau, on the other hand, hammered Krasnodar 5-0 in their opener, with the team sharing the spoils with Trabzonspor in their second group game. The Swiss side often struggle on the travels in European competitions and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts, who have already proved their worth in the group stages of the Europa League this term.
Highlighted Player (Damián Suárez):
Damian Suarez is a Uruguay footballer who plays for La Liga side Getafe as a right-back. Born in Montevideo on April 27, 1988, Suarez played for the youth team of his hometown club Defensor at the start of his career and he eventually made 63 appearances in the Uruguayan top flight for La Viola.
In 2011 the pacey full-back moved to Spain, signing a three-year contract with Sporting Gijon. At the end of the season he joined Elche and after making 98 appearances for los Franjiverdes from 2012 to 2015 he signed a deal with Getafe.
Damian Suarez has established himself as a first-team regular at the capital club and he played 41 games for los Azulones in the 2016/2017 Segunda Division campaign, including play-offs fixtures. Getafe secured promotion to the Spanish elite division thanks to a 3-2 win (on agg.) over Tenerife in the two-legged tie. Suarez has three caps for Uruguay U20 team and he represented La Celeste at the 2007 FIFA U20 World Cup.
Highlighted Team (Basel):
One of the most successful football clubs in Switzerland, FC Basel were founded in 1893. The RotBlau as they are referred to by the Swiss play their games at the St. Jacob Park in Basel in front of 37,500 people which is the maximum capacity of the venue.
The 19-time Swiss champions have endured difficult times in 1980s which ultimately led to relegation from the top flight in 1987. FC Basel returned to the top tier of Swiss football in 2000s to win their first league title in 22 years and go on to win it nine more times over 13 seasons since 2002. The golden times for FC Basel brought European inclusion in every season since 1999-2000 with a pinnacle being the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2012-13.
The RotBlau have so far played over 95 UEFA Champions League games, winning almost half of their European outings. The Swiss club has produced plenty of talented players who went on to become prominent footballers all across Europe with Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka being the most outstanding members of the latest generation.