Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Buoyed by back-to-back wins over Leipzig and Celtic, Salzburg take on Rosenborg in their third group game in the Europa League. The Red Bulls aim to keep their 100% record intact and we predict that they will go all guns blazing at the Norwegian champions. Salzburg failed to make it to the Champions League group stages, but they have been in a thrilling form in the Europa League and they are considered hot favourites to win Thursday’s football game. The Austrian champions are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that they are going to prove their worth on the field. Rosenborg, on the other hand, made a very slow start to their Europa League campaign, with the team suffering back-to-back losses to the likes of Celtic and Leipzig and that is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the in-form hosts.
Highlighted Player (Zlatko Junuzovic):
Born in Serbia on 26 September 1987, Zlatko Junuzovic moved to Austria at the age of five and he eventually decided to represent his adopted country at international level. The central midfielder made a name for himself playing for Grazer AK, Austria Karnten and Austria Wien, but it was a move to Werder Bremen that earned him worldwide recognition. Ever since 2012, Junuzovic has been one of Bundesliga’s leading midfielders, scoring a number of goals from set pieces and producing countless assists for his teammates, and it is a real wonder how he hasn’t joined a bigger club. Capable of operating as a defensive midfielder, but much more dangerous as an attacking midfielder, Junuzovic has been a key player for Austria for several years now and he was in fine form as Das Team secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals. The highly rated midfielder has been a member of the national team for over ten years and chances are he will not be retiring any time soon.
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.