Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Luminus Arena will host the match between Genk and Athletic Bilbao. Following a 3-2 loss to Rapid Wien in their opener, Genk outplayed Sassuolo 3-1 in front of home fans and thanks to the triumph the Belgian outfit stayed in the race for a place in the Europa League last 32. Peter Maes’ men are tough to beat at home and that is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Athletic Bilbao. The Basques recorded a very important 1-0 win over Rapid Wien in their second group game and the Lions will be looking to build on a 3-2 win over Real Sociedad in the Basque derby when they square off against Genk at Luminus Arena on Thursday evening. Coach Ernesto Valverde is likely to field the best possible side in Thursday’s football match and we predict that the Basques are going to record their second win in Group F.
Highlighted Player (Omar Colley):
Omar Colley is a football player from Gambia who plays for Sampdoria as a defender. Colley is a product of Wallidan’s youth school and he made 15 appearances for the first team as well. In 2012 he joined Real de Banjul and it has to be noted that he scored one goal in 17 league games for the club. At the end of the season (2013) he decided to move to Finland, signing a deal with KuPS. Despite trialing with several 2. Bundesliga sides, he joined Djurgardens of Sweden in August, 2014. After making 44 league appearances for the Swedish outfit, he moved to Genk in the summer of 2016. Omar Colley represented Gambia at the 2009 African U17 Championship and he certainly helped his national team win the tournament. The defender who was born in Banjul on 24 October, 1992, made his debut for the first team in 2012. Omar Colley has a contract with Genk which expires on 30 June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division. The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral).
Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for its rivalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.
The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.