Our football match prediction:
Elbasan Arena will host Thursday’s football game between Skenderbeu Korce and Young Boys. Against all odds, the Albanian outfit eliminated Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League play-offs, but they failed to upset Dynamo Kiev at NSK Olimpijs’kyj in their first group game. Skenderbeu have nothing to lose against Young Boys and, one thing is for sure, the Albanians are going to leave their hearts on the field, as they always do. Adolf Hutter’s men, on the other hand, missed a number of clear-cut chances to score in a 1-1 draw with Partizan in their opener, but they will be looking to build on the performance when they take on the Albanian outfit at Elbasan Arena. Young Boys are more of a team than Skenderbeu and, taking everything into account, there is a certain value in betting on the Swiss club. Jean Pierre Nsame has been in a fine form this season and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
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 (Young Boys):
Just five years after its foundation Young Boys won their first Swiss Super League trophy (1903). The capital club won no less than 11 domestic trophies in the 20th century, but they have been in Basel’s shadow in the last two decades. Young Boys won their last Swiss Super League title back in 1986, while lifting their last Swiss Cup trophy in 1987. The Yellow and Blacks welcome their rivals at Stade de Suisse, which acts as a national stadium and it has to be noted that they play their home games on artificial turf. Swiss football legend Stephane Chapuisat played for the club in the past and you should bear in mind that former Yugoslavia coach Vujadin Boskov played for the Stade de Suisse outfit in the past as well. Young Boys played their first official game on 29 June, 1898 and they shared the spoils with Institute Grunau back then. The Swiss team participated in the 2016/2017 Champions League qualifiers, but they failed to make it to the group stages of the elite competition.