Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Sevilla will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Krasnodar when they host Akhisarspor at their Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Thursday evening. Los Sevillanos rolled over Standard Liege 5-1 in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and a win over Akhisarspor will see them move one step closer to booking their place in the knockout stages of the competition. The La Liga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home and seeing that they have been producing splendid performances in the national championship of late, home win should be considered. The Turks do not seem capable of matching top European sides and we do not believe that they are going to make a miracle in Spain. A man to watch in the home team will be summer signing Andre Silva, who has already starting to pay off.
Highlighted Player (Maxime Gonalons):
The 27-year-old France international defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons has been with Lyon since the tender age of 10, climbing through the club’s rank all the way to the first-team regular and club captain. Gonalons made his competitive debut for Lyon in 2009 against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League playoof round when he came on for Jeremy Toulalan. During the seven seasons with Lyon’s first-team, Maxime Gonalons established himself as the mainstay completing the total of 212 Ligue 1 appearances. Reliable midfielder has been a major impact in Lyon’s Champions League challenges as well, taking part in all of his club’s five appearances in Europe’s elite competition last year. Playing in the holding role at Lyon, Maxime Gonalons’ influence is pivotal as the French international adds much needed steel to the midfield allowing his more creative teammates the freedom and carelessness upfront. His locker room impact is equally crucial as the 27-year-old midfielder is an imposing figure both on and off the pitch.
Highlighted Team (Akhisarspor):
Akhisar were founded in 1970 by the merged of three Turkish clubs: Gunesspor, Genclikspor and Doganspor. Yilmaz Atabarut founded the club and he was the club’s first president. Despite being founded back in 1970, Akhisar failed to secure promotion to the Turkish top flight before 2012. The Akigo have been playing an important role in the Super Lig ever since, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the Turkish Cup in the 2017/2018 season. Akhisar defeated Fenerbahce in the title game, with the likes of Lopes, Sissoko and Barbosa scoring for the Akigo. Fernando and Souza found the net for the capital club. As a result, Akhisar booked their place in the Europa League group stages where they will face the likes of Sevilla, Standard and Krasnodar. Akhisar welcome their rivals at Sport Toto Akhisar Stadium, the venue which can hold 12,139 supporters. The stadium was opened in January, 2018.