Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A place in the Europa League last 32 will be at stake when Genk and Rapid Wien face each other at Luminus Arena on Thursday evening. Genk sit in top position in Group F ahead of the visit of Rapid Wien and a win over the Austrian team would see the hosts clinch their spot in the Europa League knockout stages. Rapid Wien shared the spoils with Sassuolo in previous two group games, but this has to go down as a must-win game for the away team. Both teams are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match and, taking everything into account, we predict that fans will see goals galore at Luminus Arena. When the two teams met in Wien earlier in the process Rapid recorded a 3-2 win over Genk and you should bear in mind that both teams scored in each of their previous three meetings in the Europa League.
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 (Rapid Vienna):
Rapid Wien are considered the most successful club in the history of Austrian football. In 2008 the capital club won their 32th domestic title and in 1995 they clinched their 15th Austrian Cup trophy. Die Grun-Weissen were founded back in 1898 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fussball-Club and one year later the club was renamed to Sportklub Rapid Wien.
In 1904 the club’s colours were changed to green and white and they have been wearing green and white shirts ever since. In 1985 Rapid made it to the Cup Winners Cup final and it has to be noted that they participated in the final competition in 1996 as well. Famous German footballer Lothar Matthaus was in charge of the team between September 2001 and May 2002, but he failed to record a good result with the Weststadion outfit.
Weststadion has been the home ground of Rapid Wien since 16 July, 2016 and you should bear in mind that the capacity of the stadium is 28 000. Rapid’s fiercest rivals are Austria Wien.