Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Reale Seguros Stadium will host the Europa League clash between Real Sociedad and AZ Alkmaar. La Real aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Napoli, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Dutch outfit. Imanol Alguacil is likely to field the best possible side against AZ Alkmaar, and it is no surprise the Basques are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match.
Arne Slot’s troops, on the other hand, aim to keep their 100% record intact in Group F, but beating Real Sociedad in San Sebastian is easier said than done. AZ Alkmaar are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that Real Sociedad are eager to return to winning ways in the Europa League, the visitors are likely to return home empty-handed. This will be the first ever meeting between the two clubs in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (David Silva):
David Silva is a product of Valencia’s youth system. Born on 8 January, 1986, the highly rated footballer made his debut in the 2004/2005 campaign and went on to score a total of 21 goals for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. In 2010, the Spanish midfielder signed a deal with Premier League side Manchester City and he has already won two domestic championships with the free-spending club.
In the 2015/2016 season David Silva and Co. faced Real Madrid in the Champions League semis, but the Spanish giants proved to be a big catch for the Citizens in the two-legged tie. Silva plays as an attacking midfielder, but he is capable of playing as winger or a second striker as well.
He is well known for his possession-retaining qualities and, as a result, he got the nicknames “Merlin” and “El Mago”. David Silva won the 2014 FIFA World Cup trophy with Spain, while winning Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 with La Roja as well.