Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio Jose Alvalade will host Thursday’s football game between Sporting Lisbon and Villarreal. Sporting Lisbon are eyeing their third consecutive win in the process and seeing that they have slim chances of winning the national championship, we predict that they are going to fight tooth and nail against Villarreal. The Yellow Submarine, on the other hand, are fighting hard to secure the La Liga survival, but, on the other hand, they have yet to suffer a loss in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign. A close encounter is on the cards in Lisbon, but seeing that the Lions are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return to Spain empty-handed. A man to watch in the home team will be experienced attacker Dost, whilst Sporting defenders should have Gerard Moreno at bay.
Highlighted Player (Nani):
Nani is a product of Sporting CP’s famous youth academy. The pacey winger played 58 games for the capital club in Primeira Liga, scoring nine goals and in 2007 he joined Premier League side Manchester United. He signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford outfit for a fee of €25.5 million. He joined his compatriot Cristiano Ronaldo at Man Utd and it has to be noted that Nani he spent eight seasons at the club. In 2014 he returned to Sporting (loan) and at the end of the 2014/2015 Primeira Liga campaign he moved to Turkish side Fenerbahce. In 2016 he signed a three-year deal with Valencia for an undisclosed fee. Speaking of his international career, Nani did remarkably well to win the 2016 European Championship trophy with Portugal and it has to be noted that he started against France in the title game. The Portuguese winger won the 2007/2008 Champions League trophy with Manchester United.
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.