Our football match prediction:
Salzburg will be looking to extend their winning run in Group I to three matches when they welcome Konyaspor at their Red Bull Arena. The Red Bulls are on the right track to book their place in the knockout stages of the Europa League, but coach Marco Rose must warn his men against complacency. Salzburg attackers Gulbrandsen and Dabbur both found the net in a 2-0 win over Konyaspor in Turkey and all eyes will be on the duo when the two teams face each other at Red Bull Arena. Konyaspor suffered a 1-0 loss to Olympique Marseille in their first away game of the process and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the Red Bulls in Thursday’s football match. It has to be noted that Salzburg are eyeing their third consecutive clean sheet in the Europa League and we would not be surprised if they defeat Konyaspor to nil in front of home fans.
Highligted Player (Hee-Chan Hwang):
Hwang Hee-Chan is a product of Pohang Steelers football academy. The Korean attacker, who was born in Chuncheon on January 26, 1996, started his senior career at FC Liefering of Austria and he scored 13 goals in 31 appearances for the club. The 177-cm tall striker currently plays for Red Bull Salzburg and you should bear in mind that he netted 12 goals for the club in the 2016/2017 season. Hwang Hee-Chan won his second Austrian Bundesliga title with Salzburg in the 2016/2017 season, but the Red Bulls eventually failed to make it to the Champions League group stages. The Salzburg footballer made his South Korea debut in a 2-0 win over Canada on November 11, 2016. Hee-Chan played regularly for the Korea national football team in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and he scored one goal in the process. The Koreans eventually booked their place at the showpiece tournament in Russia, meaning that the Salzburg attacker will have a chance to prove his worth on the big stage.
Highlighted Team (Konyaspor):
Konyaspor are a Turkish football club that was founded in 1922 and reformed in 1981. The Anatolian Eagle play their home games in green and white shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing green kits on the travels. Konyaspor play their home games at Torku Arena Konya and the capacity of the stadium is 42 276 and is totally covered. It has to be noted that club secure promotion to the Turkish top flight in 1988 after winning the TFF First League. Konyaspor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig in third place in the standings, 13 points behind champions Besiktas and they secured automatic qualification to the Europa League group stages. The Torku Arena Konya outfit were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Gent and Sporting Braga in Group H. The Turkish team, though, failed to impress in their first ever match in the European competition as they were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk (0-1) at home ground.