Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Villarreal will be aiming to build on a thrilling 5-0 victory over Celta Vigo when they square off against Osmanlispor at Osmanli Stadi in the Europa League. The Yellow Submarine have been impressive in the 2016/2017 La Liga campaign and it is no surprise they are consider favourites to win Thursday’s football match against the Turkish outfit. Summer signing Soriano scored a brace in the 5-0 win over Celta Vigo and he is likely to prove a handful for the opposition back line. Osmanlispor did well to beat Steaua in their Europa League opener, but Zurich proved to be a big catch for Mustafa Resit Akcay’s men in their second group game. Villarreal are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Turkey and we predict that the La Liga side are going to cement top position in Group L with a win over Osmanlispor on Thursday evening.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Musacchio):
Mateo Musacchio is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish team Villarreal as a defender. The 182-cm-tall footballer plays as a centre back and he was born in Rosario. However, his grandparents are Albanian. Musac hio began his senior career at River Plate, playing for the Argentine giants between 2006 and 2009, but he made no more than 10 appearances for los Millionarios. On August 2009 he joined Spanish club Villarreal and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. Musacchio scored three goals in 22 appearances for Villarreal II in the 2009/2010 campaign, but he made seven appearances for the first team during the season as well. Nonetheless, he played no more than 13 games for the Yellows in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. Mateo Musacchio has 3 caps for the Argentina national team. Speaking of his honours, the Argentine defender did well to clinch the 2008 Clausura with River Plate.
Highlighted Team (Osmanlispor):
Osmanlispor are one of several Turkish clubs based in the country’s capital Ankara. The capital club was founded in 1978 as Ankara Belediye Spor Kulubu and the club’s current name refers to the Ottoman emperor Osman I. Osmanlispor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig season in 5th place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers. By beating the likes of Zimbru, Nomme Kalju and Midtjylland the Turkish outfit made it to the group stages of the European competition for the first time ever. Osmanlispor’s home coloures are white and blue, while they play their away games in yellow shirts and blue shorts. Osmanli Stadyumu is the home ground of the team, the venue which was opened in 1974. In 2008 the stadium was renovated and it currently holds 19 626 people. The likes of Genclerbirligi, Ankaragucu and Etimesgut Sekerspor are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals. The club’s nickname is the Ottomans (Osmanlilar).