Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Olympique Marseille play host to Sporting Braga in the first leg of the Europa League last 32. The Ligue 1 side have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play in Thursday's football match. Pacey winger Florian Thauvin has found his goal-scoring touch of late and the opposition defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the 25-year-old footballer. It is well known that Rudi Garcia's men are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Braga's displays on the road leave a lot to be desired, we predict that the French side will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Abel Ferreira's team recorded only two wins in last ten away games in the Europa League, thus the visitors are unlikely to spoil Marseille's party at Stade Velodrome.
Highlighted Player (Aymen Abdennour):
Aymen Abdennour is a professional football player who was born on 6 August, 1989 in Sousse, Tunisia. Abdennour started his youth career at Etoile du Sahel and he continued playing for the senior team. After making 33 league appearances for the club, the powerful centre-back joined Toulouse in 201 and he played for les Pitchouns until 2014. In 2014 he signed a loan deal with Monaco and the club chiefs soon made the deal permanent. Aymen Abdennour played for les Rouges et Blancs in the 2014/2015 Ligue 1 campaign and at the end of the season he moved to Spain, signing a five-year deal with Valencia. Abdennour was the captain of the Tunisia under 21 team in the past and nowadays he plays regularly for the senior team. He scored his first goal for Tunisia in a 5-0 win over Chad in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers on 5 June, 2011. Abdennour is a centre back, but he can be used as a full back as well.
Highlighted Team (Sporting Braga):
Braga are a Portuguese club that have always been in the shadow of Primeira Liga giants Porto, Benfica and Sporting. Os Minhotos were founded on 19 January, 1921 and they originally played in green and white kits. After the World War II they changed their kits to red and they have been wearing red shirts and white shorts ever since. Braga play their home games at Estadio Municipal de Braga, the stadium that was opened in December, 2003. Os Minhotos have yet to win the Primeira Liga title, but they finished the 2009/2010 campaign in second position in the standings, just five points behind champions Benfica. In 2011 Braga participated in the Europa League final, but fellow Portuguese outfit Porto proved to be a big catch for Os Minhotos. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. Vitoria de Guimaraes are considered Braga’s bitter rivals and the two teams face each other in the Minho derby.