Our football match prediction:
Olympique Marseille play host to Konyaspor at their Stade Velodrome in their Europa League opener. The club chiefs did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer window and OM are widely expected to finish the process in top position in Group I. However, Konyaspor should not be written off just yet and Rudi Garcia’s men will have to prove their worth on the field. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Valere Germain, who was scoring goals for fun in the Europa League qualifiers. Konyaspor suffered a loss in each of their previous four away games in the Europa League and that is the main reason why we predict that star-studded Ligue 1 side will pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match. You should bear in mind that the Turkish side were beaten by the likes of Trabzonspor and Istanbul Basaksehir in the first two away matches of the new Super Lig campaign.
Highlighted Player (Evra):
After playing for the likes of CO Les Ulis, CSF Bretigny and PSG during his youth career, Patrice Evra started playing for Marsala at senior level. The left-footed full back played for Monza in the 1999/2000 campaign and he returned to France in 2000. After making 40 league appearances for les Aiglons, he signed a contract with Monaco at the end of the 2005/2006 season. Evra played 120 league games for les Rouges et Blancs and on 3 January, 2006 he made probably the best decision of his career as he signed a deal with English giants Manchester United. The French footballer, who was born in Dakar, Senegal, clinched five Premier League trophies with the Red Devils, while winning the Champions League trophy in the 2007/2008 season. After spending nine season at Old Trafford, Evra moved to Italy in 2014 as he signed a contract with Juventus. He won his second Scudetto with Juve in the 2015/2016 season and, speaking of his international career, he played in the Euro 2016 final with France against Portugal, but les Tricolores failed to win the prestigious trophy.
Highlighted Team (Konyaspor):
Konyaspor are a Turkish football club that was founded in 1922 and reformed in 1981. The Anatolian Eagle play their home games in green and white shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing green kits on the travels. Konyaspor play their home games at Torku Arena Konya and the capacity of the stadium is 42 276 and is totally covered. It has to be noted that club secure promotion to the Turkish top flight in 1988 after winning the TFF First League. Konyaspor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig in third place in the standings, 13 points behind champions Besiktas and they secured automatic qualification to the Europa League group stages. The Torku Arena Konya outfit were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Gent and Sporting Braga in Group H. The Turkish team, though, failed to impress in their first ever match in the European competition as they were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk (0-1) at home ground.