Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Olympique Marseille were producing excellent displays in the Ligue 1 last season, but they eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League. OM did well to make it to the Europa League final last term, but Atletico Madrid proved to be a big catch for the Ligue 1 side in the title game. Anyhow, the club chiefs managed to keep hold of a great number of first-team regulars in the summer transfer window and it is no surprise they are regarded as favourites to win Thursday’s football game against Eintracht Frankfurt. The Bundesliga side signed pacey Serbian winger Filip Kostic on loan earlier this summer and all eyes will be on him when the two teams face each other at Orange Velodrome. Eintracht Frankfurt have been having their ups and downs at the start of the season and seeing that Olympique Marseille are a real force to be reckoned with at home, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Dimitri Payet):
Dimitri Payet was born in Saint-Pierre, Reunion on 29 March 1987, but he joined Le Havre’s famous youth academy in 1999 and has since enjoyed a meteoric rise. The attacking midfielder started his professional career at Nantes, but top French clubs soon started casting admiring glances his way and he went on to represent Saint Etienne, Lille and Marseille, becoming one of Ligue 1’s leading footballers.
However, it was the move to West Ham that placed Payet on the map as the Frenchman enjoyed a brilliant start to his career in England, making the PFA Player of the Year Shortlist. Some excellent performances in the Premier League persuaded France coach Didier Deschamps to reinstate Payet into his starting line-up and the midfielder paid the coach back with some scintillating displays on international stage.
Excellent with the ball at his feet and very dangerous from set pieces, Payet quickly established himself as one of Europe’s top midfielders, with the likes of Barcelona, Arsenal and other top clubs now after his signature.
Highlighted Team (Eintracht Frankfurt):
Eintracht Frankfurt is a German football club who is active in the German Bundesliga. The club was founded in 1920 after a fusion between different football clubs from Frankfurt. Eintracht Frankfurt is playing in the Bundesliga since 2011/2012 and is known for being a stable club in the Bundesliga. Currently the club is playing their home games in the Commerzbank-Arena which holds a capacity of 51000 seats. The club colour of Eintracht Fankfurt are black, red and white. Eintracht Frankfurt is called the Adlertrager by their fans. The club’s rival Kickers Offenbach.
Eintracht Frankfurt is one of the few clubs in Germany that won the Bundesliga; in the season 1958/1959 were able to win the league. Other important prizes Eintracht Frankfurt won are the DFB Pokal (4 times) and the the UEFA Cup in 1980. There are many famous football players that played for EIntracht Frankfurt in their career like Pfaff, Moller, Low, Okocha, Kopke and Berthold.