Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Red Bull Arena will host Thursday’s Europa League game between Salzburg and Villarreal, the two teams meet for the first time since 2015. Back then Villarreal recorded back-to-back wins over Salzburg, meaning that the Austrians are hungry for revenge. Anyhow, the Red Bulls are likely to stick to their attacking style of play, and we are positive that they are going to find the net in the first leg. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Zambia international Patson Daka, who has been scoring goals for fun in all competitions this season.
The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, have been impressive in the Europa League this term, with the team recording five wins and one draw in the process. Given Villarreal’s attacking potential, we believe that punters from all four corners of the world can find value in betting on both teams to score. Midfielder Manuel Trigueros returns from a domestic ban.
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 (Villarreal):
Villarreal CF was founded on 10th of March 1923. In the year 1998 Villarreal managed to reach the Primera Division for the first time in history of the club. After 1 season the club could not manage to stay in the league and go regulated to the Segunda Division. In the last couple of years Villarreal developed itself to a stable club in the Primera Division.
This first European succes was in 2003/2004 where the club managed to reach the semi finals in the UEFA cup. In 2004/2005 Villarreal end 3rd on the table in the Primera Division which was a highlight for the club.
The biggest succes was in 2006 when Villarreal managed to reach the semi finals in the Champions League. In the semi finals the club lost with only 1 goal difference against runner up Arsenal. Former known players for Villarreal are: Riquelme, Tomasson, Fernandez, Forlan and Pires.