Our football match prediction:
Viktoria Plzen obviously suit Steaua. After beating them in the Champions League qualifiers, the Romanian side defeat the Czechs in their Europa League opener as well (3-0) and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Switzerland. Steaua face Lugano at Swissporarena in Thursday’s football match and they aim to retain top position in Group G. Romanian attacker Denis Alibec found the net in the 3-0 win over Plzen, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay. Lugano, on the other hand, suffered a 2-1 loss to Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and seeing that they have been struggling at the back of late, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the Swiss Super League side this time out. Steaua proved their worth in their first group game and they are likely to give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening.
Highlighted Player (Jonathan Sabbatini):
Jonathan Sabatini is a professional footballer who plays for Lugano as an attacking midfielder. Sabbatini was born in Paysandu, Uruguay on March 31, 1988, but he started his career at the youth team of Liverpool. In 2008 he moved to Italy, signing a contract with Virtus Lanciano, but he made no more than seven appearances in the league for the club. The Uruguay international was hungry for a first-team football and, as a result, he joined fellow Italian club Chieti in 2009. Jonathan Sabatini managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Chieti and he scored 19 goals in 88 appearances in the league for the Stadio Guido Angelini outfit from 2009 to 2012. In 2012 he signed a deal with Swiss side Lugano and he has been playing for the club ever since. Lugano impressed in the 2016/2017 Swiss Super League campaign, with the team finishing the season in third place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the group stages of the Europa League.
Highlighted Team (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since. In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown. Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.