Our football match prediction:
Real Sociedad kicked off the new La Liga campaign in style, with the team beating the likes of Celta Vigo and Villarreal in the first two games of the season. The Basque outfit are high on confidence ahead of the opening match of their Europa League campaign against Rosenborg and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Norwegian side in Thursday’s football game. It is well known that La Real have turned their “Anoeta” into a real fortress and we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in their opener. Rosenborg failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they did remarkably well to eliminate Ajax in the Europa League play-offs and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the trip to the Basque Country. Anyhow, Real Sociedad are a real force to be reckoned with at home and away win should not be considered.
Highlighted Player (Asier Illarramendi):
Asier Illarramendi is a product of Real Sociedad’s youth school. He played for Real Sociedad B between 2008 and 2011, scoring 7 goals in 93 appearances for the Basque outfit and he made his first team debut on 23 January, 2011 in a 2-1 defeat to Villarreal. After impressing with Real Sociedad in the 2012/2013 Primera Division campaign, Real Madrid chiefs decided to sign him on 12 July, 2013 for a fee of €32.2 million. Back then that was the highest amount paid by the club for a Spanish footballer, but he failed to impress at Real Madrid. After spending two seasons at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Asier Illarramendi returns to Real Sociedad on 26 August, 2015 and he has been playing for the Anoeta outfit ever since. Asier Illarramendi scored one goal in 33 appearances for La Real in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. The talented midfielder has 16 caps for Spain U21 and it has to be noted that he represented La Furia Roja at the 2013 UEFA European Championship.
Highlighted Team (Rosenborg):
Rosenborg are undisputedly the most famous Norwegian club. The Troillongan have participated in the Champions League group stages on several occasions and they are the dominant force in the Norwegian Premier League. Rosenborg won their 24th (record) domestic title in 2016, with the team finishing the season 15 points clear of second-placed Brann. The Norwegian side are well known for their black and white kits and Lerkendal Stadion is the club’s home ground. The capacity of the venue is 21.405 and the stadium was opened back in 1947. John Carew is the most notable footballer who played for Rosenborg in the past and it has to be noted that the powerful centre-forward scored 18 goals in 18 appearances in the league for the Troillongan. Nowadays Nicklas Bendtner wears Rosenborg shirt, but he did not help the Norwegian champions make it to the Champions League group stages. Rosenborg eliminated Dundalk in the second qualifying round, but Scottish side Celtic proved to be a big catch for Kare Hedley Ingebrigtsen’s troops in round 3.