Our football match prediction:
Rosenborg failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers and, to make things even worse for the fans, they were hammered by Real Sociedad 4-0 at Estadio Municipal de Anoeta in their Europa League opener. The team’s main goal is to win the domestic trophy and they are on the right track to do so. Anyhow, Rosenborg are likely to take Thursday’s football match against Vardar very seriously as a win over the Macedonian outfit would see them keep their hopes of making it to the knockout stages alive. Vardar booked their place in the Europa League group stages by beating star-studded Fenerbahce in the two-legged tie, but they experienced all sorts of problems at the back in their first group game against Zenit (0-5). Both Rosenborg and Vardar are eager to get back on course, but seeing that the Norwegian side are tough to beat at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Skopje empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Nicklas Bendtner):
Over the years Nicklas Bendtner has established himself as one of the best Danish footballers. The 194-cm tall striker, who is very good in the air, started his senior career at Arsenal and he scored his first goal at the Emirates Stadium in a pre-season match against Paris Saint-Germain. Nicklas Bendtner scored 24 goals in 108 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s troops in the English top flight and after ending his loan spells with the likes of Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus, he moved to Germany in the summer of 2014 and signed a three-year deal with Wolfsburg. Bendtner made his Bundesliga debut on August 30, coming as a substitute in a 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. After spending two seasons at Wolfsburg, the Denmark international joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on September 7, 2016. Nicklas Bendtner, though, made only 15 appearances in the English second tier for the Reds and it has to be noted that he scored two goals for the City Ground outfit in the 2016/2017 season. In March 2017 the Danish attacker signed a contract with Norwegian side Rosenborg for an undisclosed fee. Nicklas Bendtner represented Denmark at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he score one goal for the Danes at the showpiece tournament in South Africa.
Highlighted Team (Vardar):
Vardar are a Macedonian football club which surprisingly qualified for the group stages of the Europa League for the 2017/2018 season. The Crveno-Crni (The Red & Blacks) did well to upset star-studded Fenerbahce in the play-off round and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Vardar, on the other hand, are the dominant force in Macedonian First League and they won their 10th domestic trophy in 2017. The Crveno-Crni were part of the Yugoslav First League in the past and they won the league in 1987. Pelister are regarded as Vardar’s fiercest rivals and there have always been fireworks in clashes between the two teams. Based in Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, Vardar play their home games at Phillip II Arena and the capacity of the venue is 33.460. Vardar play their home games in black shirts with red strips and black shorts. The club’s away colours are white and red. Darko Pancev, who won the European Cup with Crvena Zvezda in 1991, is the most notable footballer who played for Vardar. The Macedonian attacker scored 84 goals in 151 appearances in the league for the Crveno-Crni.