Our football match prediction:
Konya Buyuksehir Belediye Stadyumu will host Thursday’s football match between Konyaspor and Vitoria Guimaraes. Despite producing a fine display against Olympique Marseille in their opening match of their Europa League campaign, the Turkish side eventually suffered a 1-0 loss to Rudi Garcia’s troops at Stade Velodrome. To make things even worse for the fans, Konyaspor have been struggling to find their best form at the start of the new Super Lig campaign and we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. Vitoria Guimaraes did well to hold Austrian champions Salzburg to a 1-1 draw at Estadio Dom Afonso Henriques in their first group game and we predict that the visitors are going to grab something from Thursday’s clash against Mustafa Akcay’s troops. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highligted Player (Ömer Ali Sahiner):
Born in Yenisehir on January 2, 1992 Omer Ali Sahiner is a Turkish footballer who plays for Konyaspor in Super Lig. Ali Sahiner began his career at the youth team of Karabag and he played for the club from 2004 to 2007. In 2007 he moved to Konya Sekerspor and he continued playing for the club at senior level. After scoring 19 goals in 82 appearances in the league for Konya Sekerspor, the pacey winger joined Konyaspor. Omer Ali Sahiner moved to Konyaspor in 2012, signing a five-year deal with the Turkish club. His main position is right wing, but he is capable of playing as both right-back and a left winger as well. His contract with Konyaspor should expire on June 30, 2019. Speaking of his international career, Omer Ali Sahiner has seven caps for Turkey U21 team, but he has yet to make his debut for the Turkey national football team at senior level. The Konyaspor winger wears the No.7 shirt at the club.
Highlighted Team (Guimaraes):
Vitoria Guimaraes have always been in the shadow of famous Portuguese sides Porto, Benfica and Sporting, but over the years they have established themselves as a top-table side in the Primeira Liga. Os Vimaranenses did well to win Taca de Portugal in the 2012/2013 season, wi the team beating Benfica in the final of the domestic cup. Vitoria Guimaraes finished the 2016/2017 Primeira Liga campaign in fourth place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. The Portuguese side will face the likes of Salzburg, Konyaspor and Olympique Marseille in Group I and they are seen as underdogs in their group. Vitoria Guimaraes welcome their rivals at Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques and the venue can hold up to 30.000 spectators. Os Vimaranenses play their home games in white shirts and white shorts, whilst they wear black when playing on the road. Their neighbours Braga are considered Guimaraes’ fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the derby of Minho Province.