Our prediction for this Europa League match:
As expected, Besiktas defeated Sarpsborg 3-1 in the opening game of their Europa League campaign. Besiktas proved their worth in their opener, with both Ryan Babel and Jermain Lens finding the net for the Turkish outfit. The attacking duo is likely to prove a handful for Malmo defenders in Thursday’s football match and we predict that they are going to lead the visitors to yet another victory. The Swedish side, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Genk in Belgium, meaning that they could be low on confidence ahead of the visit of Besiktas. Malmo need to grab something from the match and seeing that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach, we believe that the visitors will have a number of chances to score on the break. Besiktas are more of a team than Malmo, therefore, we are tempted to put our money on the Turkish side.
Highlighted Player (Arnór Ingvi Traustason):
Arnor Ingvi is an Iceland international who plays for Swedish side FC Malmo as a midfielder. Born in Keflavik, Iceland on April 30, 1993, Traustason began his senior career at his hometown club Keflavik in 2010. After scoring ten goals in 52 appearances for Keflavik, he moved to Sweden in 2014, signing a deal with Norkopping.
During the 2016/2017 season Arnor Ingvi Traustason was part of Rapid Wien and it has to be noted that he played for AEK Athens on loan as well. In the 2017/2018 season he signed a three and a half-year contract with Malmo for an undisclosed fee. Traustason, who represented Iceland at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals in Russia, wears No. 8 jersey at Malmo.
His main position is left midfield, but he is capable of playing as a winger as well. Traustason’s preferred foot is right and his contract with FC Malmo should expire on December 31, 2021.
Highlighted Team (Besiktas):
Besiktas football club is one of the most successful teams in Turkey. Since its foundation in 1903, Besiktas have never been relegated to a lower rank of Turkish football. Black Eagles as they are known in Turkey play their matches at the Vodafone Arena in Istanbul which is an almost 42,000 all-seater capacity venue.
Considered one of the top three football clubs in the country, Besiktas are the 14-time Super Lig champions who are entering the Champions League group stage in the 2016-17 season looking to make their presence known at the European scene. Besiktas have played in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League four times already, and are yet to progress through to the knockout sgateg in the competition that was established in today’s format in 1992.
Their most outstanding European achievements of the Turkish side are the European Cup and UEFA Cup quarter-finals in 1987 and 2003, respectively. During their rich history the Black Eagles have also won 9 Turkish Cups and 8 national Super Cup titles.