Our match prediction:
Grasshopper face an uphill task in the Europa League play-off, return leg. The Swiss side suffered a heavy 3-0 loss to Fenerbahce in Istanbul and it remains to be seen if they are capable of making a miracle in the return leg. Grasshopper defeated the likes of KR and Apollon in previous two home games in the Europa League qualifiers, but Thursday’s football match at Stadion Letzigrund will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Fenerbahce are with one foot in the Europa League group stages and the Turks will be more than happy with the share of spoils this time out. Fener are not regarded as good travellers, but they are certainly capable of playing out a draw with Grasshopper in the second leg. Taking everything into account, we predict that the Turkish outfit are going to book their place in the group stages.
Highligted Player (Skrtel):
Martin Skrtel is without a doubt one of Slovakia’s most famous footballers and with over 80 appearances for the national team, he is also one of their most capped players. Following a bright start to his career at Trencin, the powerful defender secured a move to Zenit, where he would go on to spend next three and a half years. But, it was the £6.5 million transfer to Liverpool in January 2008 that put him on the map and ensured he would be remembered by football fans everywhere. Known for his uncompromising style of play that often got him into trouble, Skrtel enjoyed some success at Anfield, and even though major titles eluded him and his teammates, the centre-back scored in the 2011/2012 League Cup final to help the Reds lift the coveted trophy. The Slovakian defender has so far made over 240 Premier League appearances for one of England’s most famous clubs and he has also been a real rock at the back for the Slovakian national team. Skrtel has missed very few competitive matches for his country after making his debut back in 2004, and he started four fixtures at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.