Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Rijeka play host to Real Sociedad at their Stadion HNK Rijeka in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. Rijeka booked their place in the Europa League group stages thanks to a hard-fought win at Copenhagen, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against Real Sociedad. The La Liga side did well to add experienced midfielder David Silva to the squad in the summer transfer window, and given the number of young and talented players in the away team, we are tempted to put our money on Imanol Alguacil’s troops.
Even though Illamaramendi, Merquelanz, Sangalli, and Sola are likely to miss the game with injury, we are tempted to put our money on the visitors. Adnan Januzaj should recover in time to face Rijeka. Anyhow, a man to watch in the away team will be Spanish rising star Mikel Oyrazabal.
Highlighted Player (Darko Velkovski):
Born in Skopje, Macedonia on June 22, 1995 Darko Velkovski is a professional footballer who plays for Vardar as a centre-back. Darko Velkovski started his career at the youth team of Makedonija Gjorche Petrov and in 2011 he moved to Rabotnicki.
The 188-cm tall defender scored 11 goals in 109 appearances for the Romantics before joining fellow Macedonian side Vardar in 2015. Darko Velkovski has established himself as a first-team regular at the capital club and he made 28 appearances for the Crveno-Crni in the 2016/2017 Macedonian Prva Liga campaign. Velkovski, whose contract with Vardar expires on June 30, 2018, started for the Macedonian champions in a historical 2-1 win at Fenerbahce in the 2017/2018 Europa League play-offs, return leg.
Darko Velkovski made his Macedonia debut on June 18, 2014 in a 2-0 loss to China in a friendly. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of playing as both defensive and central midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Real Sociedad):
Real Sociedad is as Bask football club from San Sebastian. The club is playing in the La Liga since 2010 after the club got relegated to the Segunda Division. Currently the club hosts its home games in the Anoeta Stadium which holds a capacity of 32 2000 seats.
Real Sociedad was founded on 17th of September 1909 as Sociedad de Futbol and was originally founded by English immigrants. Real Sociedad was one of the founders of the highest Spanish football division.
Starting from 1939 Sociedad de Futbol changed its name to Real Socidedad. Real Sociedad had the most success in the eighties where the club managed to win the title twice.Famous players that played for Real Sociedad are: Arteta, Beguiristain, Xabi Alonso and Griezmann.