Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Borussia M’gladbach will be looking to build on a thrilling 2-1 win over Bundesliga giants Bayern Munchen when they welcome Istanbul Basaksehir at their Stadion im Borussia-Park in their last group game in the Europa League. Die Fohlen sit in top position in Group J ahead of Thursday’s clash, meaning that they would be happy with one point from the match.
The hosts are likely to adopt a cautious approach against Istanbul Basaksehir, and given their terrific form in the national championship; we are positive that Marco Rose’s men are going to book their place in the Europa League last 32. The Turks, on the other hand, are likely to go all-out attack against Borussia M’gladbach, meaning that the hosts will have a number of goal-scoring opportunities on the break. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Marcus Thuram, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Jonas Hofmann):
Jonas Hofmann is a German football player, who was born in Heidelberg on 14 July, 1992. Hofmann is a right winger who is capable of playing as both left winger and an attacking midfielder as well. He played for Hoffenheim II before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2011 and it has to be noted that he made 71 appearances for the reserve team between 2011 and 2014.
Hofmann made his Bundesliga debut against Hoffenheim on 16 December, 2012. He came as a substitute in the dying minutes of the match. After making 38 appearances for BVB, the German footballer signed a four-year deal with Borussia M’gladbach on 29 December, 2015. His contract with the club expires in 2020. Jonas Hofmann played five games for Germany U18 and he has 10 caps for Germany U21.
You should have in mind that he won two Bundesliga trophies with Borussia Dortmund (2010/2011, 2011/2012), while clinching the German Cup title in 2012 with the Millionaires as well. His was part of the Borussia Dortmund team that faced Bayern Munich in the 2012/2013 Champions League final.
Highlighted Team (Basaksehir):
Istanbul Basaksehir are one of the youngest clubs in Turkey. Founded in 1990, Istanbul Basaksehir play their home games at Fatih Terim Stadium, the venue that was opened in 2014. The Turkish club club have yet to win the national championship, but they did well to finish the 2016/2017 Super Lig campaign in second place in the standings.
As a result, Istanbul Basaksehir booked their place in the Champions League qualifiers and thanks to a win over Club Brugge in the two-legged tie the capital club set up a meeting with La Liga side Sevilla in the play-offs. Despite producing fine performances in the double-header against the star-studded Spanish side Istanbul Basaksehir eventually failed to make it to the Champions League group stages.
Nonetheless, the club will represent Turkey in the group stages of the Europa League in the 2017/2018 season. It has to be noted that the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Eljero Elia, Emre Belozoglu and Gael Clichy played for Istanbul Basaksehir in the 2017/2018 Champions League qualifiers.