Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Malmo play host to Genk at their Swedbank Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Genk aim to get their revenge on Sarpsborg for a 3-1 loss in Norway and we predict that the visitors are going to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football game. The Belgians recorded four wins in previous five home games in the Europa League, but their away record is anything but good. Seeing that Malmo have been producing fine showings in all competitions of late, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Swedish outfit. Malmo did well to beat Besiktas at home earlier in the process, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Genk. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever at Swedbank Stadion.
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 (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators.
Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013.
The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.