Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Skenderbeu Korce face a do-or-die situation in Thursday’s football game against Dynamo Kiev. The Albanian outfit have yet to record a win in the Europa League group stages this term, but the game against the Ukrainian outfit could be the turning point for the hosts. Skenderbeu are undefeated in previous six home games in the Europa League and they are definitely capable of shocking Dynamo Kiev at their Elbasan Arena. Aleksandr Khatskevich’s men have already booked their place in the knockout stages and a win over Skenderbeu would see them clinch top position in Group B. However, considering that the Albanians are tough to beat at home, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils at Elbasan Arena. When the two teams met in Kiev earlier in the process, Dynamo recorded a 3-1 win over Skenderbeu, but share of spoils is on the horizon in this one.
Highlighted Player (Bajram Jashanica):
Bajram Jashanica is a Kosovo Albanian footballer who plays for Skenderbeu Korce as a centre-back. Jashanica is a product of Hysi youth football school and he continued playing for the club at senior level. After scoring five goals in 80 appearances for the club he moved to Albanian side Besa Kavaje in 2013. The 190-cm tall defender, though, played only one season for Besa Kavaje and at the end of the 2013/2014 campaign he signed a deal with Skenderbeu Korce. Over the years Bajram Jashanica has established himself as a first-team regular at Skenderbeu and, no doubt, he helped the club book their place in the 2017/2018 Europa League group stages. Speaking of his international career, Bajram Jashanica made his Kosovo debut on May 21, 2014 in a friendly game against Turkey. He came as a substitute in the 80th minute of the match, replacing Mehmet Hetemaj. Bajram Jashanica has a dual citizenship (Kosovo, Albania).
Highlighted Team (Dynamo Kyiv):
The most successful football club in Ukraine, Dynamo Kyiv has not been relegated to a lower division since its inception in 1927. First founded as a part of the Soviet Dynamo Sports Society, Dynamo Kyiv became a member of the Ukrainian Premier League after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Over the course of its rich history, Dynamo Kyiv has won the total of 28 national titles, 13 of which came during the Soviet era. In addition, Dynamo Kyiv won 20 national cup competitions, while it also grabbed 3 major continental trophies, including two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups. Oleh Blokhin remains to this date the most successful player of the Ukrainian giants with his 266 goals scored for the Kyiv club. However, current Ukraine national team head coach Andriy Shevchenko is arguably the most recognisable player in Dynamo Kyiv history. Former Milan and Chelsea star scored the total of 124 goal during his two stints with the Ukrainian club.