Our football match prediction:
Lugano do not seem to be on top of their game ahead of Thursday’s football match against Viktoria Plzen. The Swiss side have been struggling in all competitions this season and they suffered back-to-back losses to the likes of Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Steaua in the first two group games in the Europa League. Lugano are desperate to give fans some cheer, but the game against Viktoria Plzen will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Czech team, on the other hand, have been impressive in the national championship so far this term and they did well to beat Hapoel Be’er Sheva in their last group match in the Europa League. Viktoria Plzen managed to bounce back from a heavy 3-0 loss to Steaua, they are seen as hot favourites to win Thursday’s clash and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field.
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 (Viktoria Plzen):
Despite being founded in 1911, Viktoria Plzen only won their first Czech First League trophy in 2011, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Sparta Prague. The Viktorka continued to play an important role in Czech football and five years later they clinched their fourth domestic trophy. Plzen impressed in the 2015/2016 Czech First League, finishing the season seven points above second-placed Sparta Prague. In the 2009/2010 season the team won their first ever Czech Cup trophy, beating Jablonec in the title game. The Viktorka participated in the 2013/2014 Champions League group stages, but they failed to record a good result in the elite competition, picking up just three from possible 18 points in Group D. Doosan Arena is the home ground of Viktoria Plzen and the capacity of the stadium is 11 700. The venue was opened in 1955 and it was renovated twice (2003 and 2011). The likes of Miroslav Koubek, Pavel Vrba, Michal Bilek, Zdenek Michalek, Jaroslav Dockal, Milan Sip and Antonin Dvorak are some of the notable footballers who player for the club in the past.