Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Saint Etienne will be looking to build on a 3-1 win over Lille when they host Anderlecht at their Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Thursday evening. Les Verts are on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the visit of Anderlecht and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match. The Belgian outfit did well to beat Gabala in their Europa League opener, but they suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Westerlo in their league fixture. Anderlecht are not regarded as good travellers and given Saint Etienne’s recent form, we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match. It has to be noted that the Ligue 1 team suffered only one loss in previous 11 home matches in the Europa League. Les Verts managed to keep a clean sheet in previous two home fixtures in the competition.
Highlighted Player (Oussama Tannane):
Oussama Tannane is a Morocco footballer who plays for Saint Etienne as a winger. Tannane played for Heerenveen in the 2012/2013 Eredivisie campaign and at the end of the season he moved to Heracles. The pacey winger scored 16 goals in 53 appearances for Heracles from 2013 to 2016 and he joined Ligue 1 side Saint Etienne in January, 2016. Tannane impressed on his Saint Etienne debut, scoring and providing two assists for his teammates in a 4-1 triumph over Bordeaux. Despite playing for Netherlands U21 team in the past, he represents Morocco on the international stage nowadays. Tannane made his debut for the Morocco national team on 26 March, 2016 in a 1-0 victory over Cape Verde. The Saint Etienne footballer played for the likes of Zeeburgia, Ajax, Utrecht, PSV and Utrecht during his youth career.
Highlighted Team (Anderlecht):
Founded on 27 May, 1908, Anderlecht are considered one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Paars-wit are the dominant force in the Belgian Pro League and in 2014 they won their 33rd domestic trophy. Anderlecht did remarkably well to win the UEFA Super Cup title in 1983, with the team defeating Benfica in the final of the competition. The Belgian outfit recorded a 1-0 over the Eagles in the first leg, with the two teams playing out a 1-1 draw in the return leg. Anderlecht play their home games at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, the venue that was opened in 1917. The stadium was renovated in 1983 and current capacity of Anderlecht’s home ground is 28 063. The Paars-wit have long-standing rivalries with the likes of Standard Liege and Club Brugge, whilst FC Brussels were considered the club’s bitter opponents in the past. The likes of Besnik Hasi, Lucas Biglia, Filip De Wilde and Romelu Lukaku are some of Anderlecht’s notable players.