Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Lokomotiv Moscow and Galatasaray take on each other at RZD Arena in what is expected to be a close Europa League game. The Russian outfit aim to record their first win of the process, but this will be anything but a walk in the park for the home side. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Smolov, while Guilherme returns from a domestic ban. All Rybus, Ze Luis, Miranchuk, Magkeev, and Jedvaj have been struggling with injuries of late.
Galatasaray, on the other hand, aim to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Konyaspor where Radamel Falcao miss out due to international commitments. “El Tigre” returns to contention, while both Kutlu and Marcao are back from domestic bans. Norway international Elabdellaoui remains in the recovery room. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at RZD Arena, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (François Kamano):
Guinea international Francis Kamano is a flamboyant attacking midfielder who plays for the Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. Best fitted hugging the touchline on the left side of the pitch, Kamano is a versatile asset who covers a wide area and takes part in both defensive and attacking duties.
Francois Kamano likes to cut inside and break opposition lines with one-twos and short passes. Kamano started his career at Bastia in 2014 and moved to Bordeaux two years later. A Guinea international since 2015, Francois Kamano is a technically astute player who enjoys taking on players and dribbling his way through opposition.
Still a young footballer, Kamano has emerged as one of the key players for Bordeaux. He hit the ground running in the 2018/19 campaign and hopes to maintain it throughout the season to possibly secure a big-club move at the end of the term.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1.
The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game.
In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.