Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Spartak Moscow and Villarreal face each other at Otkrytiye Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Spartak Moscow suffered a 2-0 loss to Rapid Wien in Austria in the opening match of their Europa League campaign, meaning that they are eager to grab something from their second group game. The capital club have been having their ups and downs in the Russian Premier League this season, but they are definitely capable of matching Villarreal in front of home fans. A man to watch in the home team will be Brazilian attacker Adriano. The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, dropped two-goal advantage in a 2-2 draw with Glasgow Rangers and, they are surely eager to return to winning ways. However, seeing that Spartak Moscow are tough to beat at home, we predict the two teams are going to share the spoils in the capital of Russia.
Highlighted Player (Fernando):
Fernando Lucas Martins began his football career at Gremio, making his debut for the club on 24 January, 2010 against Veranopolis Sports Club. Fernando played 69 league games for Gremio and in 2013 he signed a deal with Ukrainian outfit Shakhtar Donetsk.
The defensive midfielder, who is a capable of playing as a central midfielder as well, made 27 league appearances for the Miners, scoring two goals for the club between 2013 and 2015. On 6 July, 2015, the Brazilian footballer joined Sampdoria for a fee of €8 million and he played 35 games for La Samp in the 2015/2016 Serie A campaign. Fernando, though, left the club at the end of the season as he signed a contract with Russian side Spartak Moscow.
The former Sampdoria midfielder won the 2009 South American U17 Football Championship with Brazil, while clinching the South American Youth Championship with Brazil U20. Fernando did well to win Campeonato Gaucho with Gremio (2010) and he helped Shakhtar clinch the 2013/2014 Ukrainian Premier League trophy.
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.