Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Saint-Etienne will be aiming to build on back-to-back victories over Qabala when they square off against Mainz in their penultimate group game in the 2016/2017 Europa League campaign. Les Verts occupy top position in Group C ahead of the visit of Mainz and they are widely expected to make it to the knockout stages of the European competition. Saint-Etienne are on an eight-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of Thursday’s football match against the German side and we predict that the hosts will find the net in the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard clash. Die Nullfunfer face a must-win situation against the Ligue 1 outfit and, taking everything into account, there is every chance fans will see a lively contest in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Mainz suffered a heavy 6-1 loss to Anderlech in their last group game, but they are certainly capable of grabbing something from the Saint-Etienne clash.
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 (FSV Mainz):
1. FSV Mainz 05 is a German football club from the city Mainz. The club managed to reach the highest German football division the Bundesliga in 2009. FSV Mainz was founded in 1905. The club host it’s home game in the Coface Arena which holds a capacity of 35 000 seats. The stadium was build in 2011 and is considered as one of the most modern stadiums in the nation.
De most known nickname for FSV Mainz is Die 05’er. The club colours are red and white. FSV Mainz never won a title in their history. Not in the Bundesliga and not even in the 2. Bundesliga or the 3. Bundesliga.
Mainz managed to reach the UEFA Cup in 2005/2006 where they lost against Sevilla FC. In 2011/2012 and 2014/2015 the club from Mainz got knocked out in the qualification stage. Known players that played in the Mainz kit in their career are: Holtby, Schurrle, Klop pand Subotic.