Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After sharing the spoils with Maccabi Tel Aviv in their last group game, Villarreal will be looking to return to winning ways in the Europa League when they take on Sivasspor at Yeni 4 Eylul Stadyumu. The Yellow Submarine aim to get their job done in the group stages as soon as possible, and we are positive that they will go for a win in Thursday’s clash. Colombia attacker Carlos Bacca is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors, while Paco Alcacer is rated doubtful for the game.
Sivasspor, on the other hand, have been showing signs of improvement, with the team recording back-to-back wins over Qarabag in the previous two group games. The Turks aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, but beating Villarreal is easier said than done. A close match is on the horizon in Sivas, and we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Mamadou Samassa):
Mamadou Samassa is a goalkeeper who plays for Troyes in Ligue 1. Samassa was born in Montreuil, France on February 16, 1990 and he played for France U18, U19 and U20 teams in the past. However, thanks to his dual citizenship the 197-cm-tall shoot-stopper represents Mali at senior level and he made his debut for the Malian national team on January 20, 2013 in a 1-0 victory over Niger.
Speaking of his club career, Mamadou Samassa played for youth teams of Collinee-Le Gouray and PEF Pioufragan before joining Guingamp in 2013.
After playing 126 league games for the Guingamp first team, Samassa moved to Troyes in the summer of 2016. The Malian goalkeeper managed to keep 13 clean sheets in 37 appearances for Troyes in the 2016/2017 Ligue 2 campaign. It has to be noted that Mamadou Samassa won the 2013/2014 French Cup with Guingamp, with the Ligue 1 side beating Rennes in the title game. The Troyes shoot-stopper has a contract with the Stade de l’Aube outfit which expires on June 30, 2019.
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.