Our football match prediction:
Ostersunds will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao when they take on Zorya at their Jamtkraft Arena. Ostersunds sit in top position in Group J ahead of Thursday’s football match and a win over Zorya will see them book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Swedish side have been impressive at home ground this season and you should bear in mind that they are unbeaten in previous eight games at their Jamtkraft Arena. The Ukrainian side, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Hertha Berlin at Olympiastadion and, as a result, their participation in the Europa League knockout stages is in danger. Zorya take on Athletic Bilbao in their last group game and, as things stand now, that match will decide who will advance to the last 32 of the European competition.
Highligted Player (Saman Ghoddos):
Saman Ghoddos is a product of FC Malmo football academy, but he started playing for IF Limhamn Bunkeflo at senior level. After scoring four goals in 41 appearances for the club the Swedish attacker moved to Treleborg, but he did not spend too much time at the club. In 2014 he signed a deal with Syrianska and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the Sodertalje Fotbollsarena outfit. Saman Ghoddos, who was born in Malmo on September 6, 1996 played for Syrianska from 2014 to 2016 and then he moved to Ostersunds. The Swedish striker, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored ten goals in 27 appearances for Ostersunds in the 2016 Allsvenskan campaign and he impressed in the 2017/2018 Europa League qualifiers. Saman Ghoddos netted three goals in the process and helped the Swedish club book their place in the group stages of the European competition. Speaking of his personal life, you should bear in mind that Saman’s parents were born in Iran.
Highlighted Team (Zorya):
Zorya are a professional football club that compete in the Ukrainian Premier League. The club was founded in 1923 and in 1972 they won Soviet Top League. Speaking of competitions in Ukraine, Zorya made it to the cup final in the 2015/2016 season, with the team losing to Shakhtar Donetsk (0-2) in the title game. Despite suffering the loss to the Miners in the Ukrainian Cup final, Zorya made it to the Europa League group stages. It has to be noted that the Ukrainian team played out a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce on their debut in the group stages of the European competition. Slavutych Arena has been the home ground of the club since 2014 and you should bear in mind that they played at Avanhard Stadium from 1951 to 2014. Before the World War II Zorya played their home games at Lenin Stadium. The club’s home colours are black and white. Anatoliy Kuksov is the club’s most capped players, making 517 appearances for Zorya in all competitions.