Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Genk will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League when they take on Sarpsborg at Sarpsborg Stadion in Norway. Genk totally outplayed Malmo at home in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and seeing that they have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, it is no surprise Genk are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s football match. Sarpsborg, on the other hand, suffered a 3-1 loss to Besiktas in Istanbul in their opener and seeing that they have been totally out of form in the national championship of late, the Norwegian must be low on confidence ahead of their second group game. A man to watch in the away team will be Leandro Trossard, who scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 win over Cercle Brugge earlier this month.
Highlighted Player (Kristoffer Larsen):
Kristoffer Larsen is a Norwegian footballer who played for Vestsiden-Askoy IL at youth level. In 2011 he joined Brann and after scoring 11 goals in 91 appearances in the league for the Norwegian club, he moved to Denmark in 2016, signing a deal with Lyngby.
Larsen, who was born in Bergen (Norway) on January 19, 1992, played 41 games for the Danish club before returning to Norway. The pacey winger signed a contract with Sarpsborg 08 at the end of the 2017/2018 season and, as a result, he will participate in the 2018/2019 Europa League group stages.
Kristoffer Larsen’s favourite position is left winger, but he is used as a right winger as well. Larsen, who has yet to earn a cap for the Norwegian national football team, wears No. 19 shirt at Sarpsborg. It has to be noted that his preferred foot is right and that his contract with Sarpsborg 08 should expire in June, 2019.
Highlighted Team (RC Genk):
Founded in 1988, Genk are considered one of the youngest clubs in Belgium. Luminus Arena is the home stadium of the club, the capacity of the venue is 24 956 and it was built in 1999. Speaking of UEFA matches, the stadium can hold 21 500 spectators.
Genk clinched one Belgian Pro League trophy in the 20th century, with the team winning the 1989/1999 title. They finished the season with 73 points, two points clear of second-placed Club Brugge. Genk won their second domestic trophy in 2002 and the team lifted the Belgian Pro League title in 2011 as well. Speaking of the Belgian Cup, the club clinched their fourth trophy in the competition in 2013.
The club is well known for their brilliant school and you should bear in mind that the likes of Steven Defour, Christian Benteke, Thibaut Courtois, Divock Origi and Kevin De Bruyne are all products of Genk’s football academy.