Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Monaco will look to make a flying start to their Europa League campaign when they take on Sturm Graz at their Stade Louis II on Thursday evening. Les Rouges et Blancs have been anything but impressive at the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign, but they are still seen as hot favourites to win their Europa League opener. Chile defender Guillermo Maripan returns from international duty, while both Aleksandr Golovin and Djibril Sidibe remain in the recovery room.
Sturm Graz, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-1 win over Austria Klagenfurt. The Black and Whites are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and given Monaco’s attacking potential, we believe that punters from all around the globe can find value in betting on over 2.5 goals. Sturm Graz boss Christian Ilzer should have a full squad to choose from.
Highlighted Player (Cesc Fabregas):
Born in Arenys de Mar on 4 May, 1987, Cesc Fabregas began his football career at Mataro. After spending two years at Mataro, Cesc joined Barcelona in 1997 and six years later the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Arsenal. Fabregas played for Arsenal for eight years (2003-2011) and in 2011 he turned his dream into reality and returned to Barca.
In 2014 the 29-year-old footballer joined Premier League side Chelsea. Fabregas won the 2012/2013 La Liga title with Barcelona, while lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy with Chelsea. Cesc did not win the Premier League title with Arsenal, but he helped the capital club lift the FA Cup trophy in 2005.
On the other hand, the Chelsea midfielder recorded much better results with the Spain national team as he won the European Championship trophy in 2008 and 2012, while winning the FIFA World Cup title in 2010. Fabregas made his debut for la Roja in March, 2006.