Our match prediction:
Genk will be looking to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Standard Liege when they square off against Rapid Wien in their Europa League opener. The Belgium outfit booked their place in the group stages of the European competition by beating the likes of Buducnost, Cork City and Lokomotiva Zagreb in the qualifiers and it remains to be seen if they are capable of upsetting Rapid in Wien. Despite suffering a 2-0 loss to Trencin in the return leg, the Austrians eliminated the Czech side in the Europa League play-offs and they have big ambitions for the group stages of the competition. Rapid are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that Genk suffered a 2-0 loss to Buducnost in Podgorica earlier in the process, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s football match at Allianz Stadion in Wien.
Highligted Player (Jere Uronen):
Jere Juhani Uronen is a professional footballer who started his senior career at TPS of Finland. The pacey full back scored one goal in 18 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he joined Swedish side Helsingborgs. Uronen played for the club from 2012 to 2016 and then he moved to Belgium. The Finnish footballer, who was born on 13 July, 1994, signed a contract with Genk, which expires on 30 June, 2018. The Genk full back, who is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well, has five caps for Finland U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Finnish national team on 26 May, 2012. He started the match against Turkey and it has to be noted that Finland emerged triumphant (3-2). Jere Uronen made 12 league appearances for Genk in the 2015/2016 season, scoring one goal for the team. The left-footed player is capable of playing on both sides of the field.
Highlighted Team (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators. Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013. The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.