Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Neo GSP Stadium will host Thursday’s Europa League qualifier between Omonia and Flora, the two teams who meet for the first time ever in European competitions. Omonia aim to bounce back from the Champions League defeat to Dinamo Zagreb, with all Papoulis, Duris, and Kakoulis pushing for a start. You should bear in mind that the Cypriot champions suffered only two defeats in the previous eight home games in the Europa League.
Flora, on the other hand, were beaten by Legia in the Champions League qualifiers. The Estonian champions have been struggling in front of goal of late, which is probably the main reason why we are going to put our money on the hosts. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Rauno Sappinen, who has been producing fine displays in European competitions this term.
Highlighted Player (Adam Lang):
Adam Lang is a Hungarian footballer who plays for Dijon as a centre-back. The centre-back is a product of Veszprem football academy and he continued playing for the club at senior level. Lang scored three goals in 44 appearances in the league for Veszprem, but he played for Gyor and Videoton in his homeland as well.
The player who was born on January 17, 1993 made 57 appearances for Gyor, while playing 23 games for Videoton in the Hungarian top flight. In the autumn of 2016 Adam Lang joined French club Dijon and he has been playing for the Mustards ever since.
The Hungarian defender played 19 games for Dijon in the 2016-17 Ligue 1 campaign, but he failed to find the net for Olivier Dall’ Oglio’s troops during the season. Adam Lang has five caps for Hungary U21 team and he made his debut for the senior team on May 22, 2014 in a 2-2 draw with Denmark.
Highlighted Team (Omonia):
Founded on June 4, 1948, Omonia are considered one of the most famous clubs in the history of Cyprus football. The Queen welcome their opponents at GSP Stadium in Nicosia. The venue was opened in 1999 and it can hold up to 22,859 spectators.
However, the stadium’s record attendance is 23,043. Omonoia are the second most successful club in Omonia, with the team winning 20 domestic championships, eight less than APOEL. On the other hand, the club clinched their 14th Cypriot Cup title in the 2011/12 season. The Cypriot outfit made their debut in the Champions League (European Cup) in the 1966/67 season, with the team suffering a heavy 10-1 loss (on agg.) to Bundesliga side 1860 Munich.
Omonia are well known for their light green home shirts, with the team wearing red when playing on the travels. The 1970s are considered the club’s golden era. Led by talented footballer Sotiris Kaiafas, Omonia won seven league titles in that decade.