Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thursday’s football game at Allianz Stadion pits together Rapid Wien and Villarreal, the two teams who are still in the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages. Following back-to-back draws against the likes of Rangers and Spartak Moscow, Villarreal crushed Rapid Wien 5-0 in their last group games and, no doubt, the Spaniards are brimming with confidence ahead of the trip to Austria. Rapid Wien, on the other hand, are desperate to get their revenge on the Yellow Submarine for such a heavy defeat and we predict that they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s clash. Rapid produce much better displays at home than on the travels, but seeing that Villarreal have found their best form of late, we believe that the visitors are going to emerge triumphant in the Allianz Stadion showdown.
Highlighted Player (Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo):
Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo is a left winger who was born in Antwerp, Belgium on July 1, 1995. Bolingoli-Mbombo is a product of Beerschot youth academy, but he played for Club Brugge during his youth career as well. The pacey winger made his first-team debut with Club Brugge on July 26, 2013 in the opening match of the 2013/2014, coming as a substitute for Maxime Lestienne in the dying minutes of the game. On March 19, 2015 Bolingoli-Mbombo produced one of the best performances of his career as he scored a brace against Besiktas in the Europa League last 16, helping Club Brugge make it to the quarter-finals of the European competition. The Belgian footballer, who is a cousin of Manchester United attacker Romelu Lukaku, has yet to earn a cap for the national team. Boli Bolingoli-Mbombo’s main position is left winger, but he is used as a left back as well. In 2017 he moved to Rapid Vienna and he has been playing for the Austrian side ever since.
Highlighted Team (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.