Our match prediction:
Against all odds, Shakhtar Donetsk failed to qualify for the Champions League play-offs as they were beaten by Young Boys of Switzerland in the two-legged tie. The Ukrainian outfit are eager to save the season by beating Istanbul Basaksehir in the Europa League play-offs and, no doubt, the visitors are going to take Thursday’s football match against Istanbul very seriously. Istanbul Basaksehir eliminated Rijeka on away goal rule in the Europa League third qualifying round, but Shakhtar Donetsk are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the Turks than their previous rivals. The Ukrainians are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and considering that Istanbul Basaksehir impressed in a 2-2 draw with Rijeka, a lively contest appears on the horizon. Taking everything into account, we predict that both teams will find the net at Basaksehir Fatih Terim in the Europa League play-offs, first leg.