Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a 5-3 win at Gent Shakhtar Donetsk managed to keep their 100% record in Group H intact. The Miners have been scoring goals for fun in the Europa League group stages and despite the fact that they have already clinched top position in their group, we predict that the hosts will go for a win in Thursday’s football match against Konyaspor. Shakhtar hammered Gent 5-0 in their previous home game in the Europa League and considering that the Turks have collected only one point from possible 12 in the process, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. When the two teams met at Konya Buyuksehir Torku Arena in the reverse fixture Shakhtar Donetsk recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Konyaspor. Facundo Ferreyra helped the Miners record a 2-1 win over Karpaty at the weekend and he is widely expected to lead the attack for the hosts against Aykut Kocaman’s troops.
Highlighted Player (Taras Stepanenko):
Taras Stepanenko is a defensive midfielder who plays for Shakhtar Donetsk in the Ukrainian Premier League. Stepanenko was born on 8 August, 1989 and he played for the likes of Torpedo-Kosmos, Arsenal Kharkiv, Torpedo Zaporizhia and Kosmos Zaporizhia during his youth career. After making 16 appearances (scoring 1 goal) for Metalurh Zaporizhia, he made his senior debut on 4 March, 2007 at the age of 17. Stepanenko played 81 league games for the club between 2007 and 2010 and then he made probably the best decision of his career, joining big-spending club Shakhtar Donetsk. He signed a five-year contract with the Miners on 11 May, 2010 and he has been playing for the Ukrainian giants ever since. Stepanenko made his 33rd appearance for the Ukrainian national team at the 2016 European Championship finals in France. The Shakhtar Donetsk footballer made his Ukraine debut on 17 November, 2010 in a 2-2 draw with Switzerland. He is capable of playing as both defensive and a central midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Konyaspor):
Konyaspor are a Turkish football club that was founded in 1922 and reformed in 1981. The Anatolian Eagle play their home games in green and white shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing green kits on the travels. Konyaspor play their home games at Torku Arena Konya and the capacity of the stadium is 42 276 and is totally covered. It has to be noted that club secure promotion to the Turkish top flight in 1988 after winning the TFF First League. Konyaspor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig in third place in the standings, 13 points behind champions Besiktas and they secured automatic qualification to the Europa League group stages. The Torku Arena Konya outfit were drawn alongside Shakhtar Donetsk, Gent and Sporting Braga in Group H. The Turkish team, though, failed to impress in their first ever match in the European competition as they were beaten by Shakhtar Donetsk (0-1) at home ground.