Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Rangers and Galatasaray face each other in a highly-anticipated game at Ibrox Stadium in the Europa League playoffs. Rangers faced no difficulties in a 4-0 win over Willem II, and given their flying start to the new Scotland Premiership campaign, it is no wonder bookies see them as slim favourites to win Thursday’s football match. You should bear in mind, though, that the likes of Aribo, Katic, and Roofe are all likely to miss the game through injury.
Galatasaray, on the other hand, broke the deadlock in the second half of the match against Hajduk Split, with Belhanda and Babel helping the Turkish outfit set up a meeting with Rangers. Belhanda is widely expected to return to the starting line-up, as well as Radamel Falcao who was rested in the third qualifying round. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards at Ibrox Stadium, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Scott Arfield):
Despite being born in Dechmont, Scotland, Scott Arfield represents Canada on the international stage. Arfield, though, played for Scotland U19 and U21 teams in the past and he made one appearance for Scotland B as well. Scott’s father, though, was born in Toronto, Canada and that is the main reason why he decided to play for the Canada national football team.
The Burnley midfielder made his Canada debut on March 25, 2016 in a 3-0 loss to Mexico. Scott Arfield began his club career at Falkirk and he scored 13 goals in 108 appearances in the league for the Scottish club. In 2010 he signed a deal with Huddersfield Town and he played for the Terriers from until 2013.
As previously mentioned, Arfield currently wear’s Burnley shirt, meaning that he is enjoying the Premier League football. You should bear in mind that the Scottish midfielder netted one goal for Burnley in the 2016/2017 season. He found the net in a 2-1 win over Everton on October 10, 2016.
Highlighted Team (Galatasaray):
Over the years Galatasaray have established themselves as one of the best teams in Turkey. The Aslanlar (the Lions) were founded back in October 1905 by Ali Sami Yen and fellow students of Galatasaray High School. Ali Sami Yen himself was the club’s first president and, as a result, he was given the club’s membership No. 1.
The Gala are one of the most successful Turkish teams and it has to be noted that they won their 21st Super Lig trophy in the 2017/2018 season. The capital club collected 75 points from possible 102, with the team finishing the season three points clear of their bitter rivals Fenerbahce. Speaking of European success, Galatasaray won UEFA Cup in the 1999/2000 season, with the team beating Arsenal on penalties in the title game.
In 2000 the Lions won UEFA Super cup as they outplayed star-studded Real Madrid 2-1 at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Galatasaray play their home games at Turk Telekom Stadi and they are well known for their yellow and red jerseys.