Our football match prediction:
Vitoria Guimareas will be aiming to get their revenge on Olympique Marseille for a 2-1 loss at Stade Velodrome when the two teams face each other at Estadio Dom Alfonso on Thursday evening. Following a 1-1 draw with Salzburg in their opener, Guimares suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Konyaspor and Olympique Marseille in Group I, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for the hosts. The Ligue 1 outfit aim to overtake Salzburg in top position in the standings and we predict that the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match. Olympique Marseille are more of a team than Vitoria Guimaraes and seeing that the hosts are likely to go all-out attack against OM, there is every chance the French team will have a number of opportunities to score on the break. Summer signing Valere Germain is widely expected to lead the line for Rudi Garcia’s troops against the Portuguese outfit.
Highligted Player (Paolo Hurtado):
Paolo Hurtado is a Peru international who plays for Vitoria Guimaraes in Primeira Liga. Hurtado was born on July 27, 1990 in Callao, Peru and he is a product of Alianza Lima football school. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a centre-forward as well, continued playing for Allianza Lima at senior level and it has to be noted that he scored 14 goals in 83 appearances in the league for los Blanquiazules. After playing 21 games on loan at Juan Aurich, Paolo Hurtado moved to Portugal, signing a deal with Pacos Fereira. The Peruvian attacker quickly established himself as the team’s key player and he played for the club from 2012 to 2015. In 2015 he decided to take his career to the next level as he joined Championship side Reading. However, after failing to adapt to the new surroundings, Paolo Hurtado returned to Portugal and signed a loan deal with Vitoria Guimaraes. On July 20, 2017 the Peruvian footballer joined the Primeira Liga side permanently.
Highlighted Team (Olympique Marseille):
Olympique de Marseille are considered one of the best French football clubs. Les Olympiens won their ninth Ligue 1 title in 2010, but winning of the 1992/1993 Champions League trophy is seen as the club’s biggest success. Marseille defeated Italian giants Milan in the title game, with Basile Boli scoring the winner (1-0) in the Olympiastadion showdown. It has to be noted, though, that the Stade Velodrome outfit were banned from defending the title in the 1993/1994 season after being involved in a match-fixing scandal. To make things even worse for the fans, the club suffered enforced relegation to the Ligue 2. Olympique de Marseille participated in the Europa League final on two occasions (1998/1999, 2003/2004), but they were beaten by Parma and Valencia respectively in the title games. OM’s home ground Stade Velodrome was opened on June 13, 1997 and the capacity of the stadium is 67.394. The likes of Franck Ribery, Didier Deschamps, Didier Drogba, Laurent Blanc, Fabien Barthez, Samir Nasri, Fabrizio Ravanelli and Djibril Cisse all played for Marseille in the past.