Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Bakcell Arena will host Thursday’s football match between Qabala and Anderlecht. Qabala have little to play for against Anderlecht as they suffered a loss in each of their previous four group games, but their pride will be at stake this time out. The Belgians, on the other hand, aim to overtake Saint-Etienne in top position in Group C and we predict that the visitors will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s clash against Qabala. Anderlecht rolled over Mainz (6-1) in their last group game and, taking everything into account, away win appears on the horizon. Lukasz Teodorczyk has been scoring goals for fun this season and, no doubt, the opposition defenders should have their work cut out for them when facing the Polish striker. Anyhow, David faces Goliath at Bakcell Arena and there is every chance the visitors will record a routine win over the Azerbaijan outfit this time out.
Highlighted Player (Diego Capel):
Diego Capel is a former Sevilla winger, who was born in Albox, Spain on 16 February, 1988. Capel played for the likes of Barcelona and Sevilla during his youth career and he made his senior debut for los Sevillanos on 24 October, 2004 against Atletico Madrid.
It has to be noted that he was only 16 years old when he helped Sevilla record a 2-1 win over the capital club. He played for the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan outfit between 2004 and 2011 and on 18 July, 2011 he signed a five-year deal with Sporting Lisbon. Capel scored his first goal for the Portuguese outfit on 2 October, 2011, in a 1-0 victory over Vitoria Guimaraes. He played 99 games for Sporting, scoring 10 goals for the capital club between 2011 and 2015.
After spending one season at Genoa, he signed for Anderlecht in 2016. The Spanish winger is very quick on the ball and he is well known for his very good crosses. Diego Capel has 25 caps for Spain U21 and he made his debut for the senior team against Denmark on 20 August, 2008.
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition.
The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063.
The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.