Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Standard Liege will be looking to record their first win in Group G when they take on Panathinaikos at their Stade Maurice Dufrasne on Thursday evening. The Reds have netted no more than one goal in the Europa League this season, but they are certainly capable of finding the net against Panathinaikos, who have been struggling in the European competition so far. The Greek outfit suffered a 2-1 loss to Ajax in the opening match of their Europa League campaign and they head into Thursday’s football game against Standard following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Ajax and Celta Vigo. The visitors face a must-win situation in the clash against Aleksandar Jankovic’s men and we predict that they will adopt an attack-minded approach this time out. Standard Liege should have a number of chances to attack their rivals on the break and we predict that the hosts are going to pick up all three points from the match.
Highlighted Player (Mubarak Wakaso):
Former Villarreal man Mubarak Wakaso played for several Spanish sides in the past. After ending his spell with Elche in 2011 he joined Villarreal B and he made 17 appearances for the first team in the 2011/2012 La Liga campaign. At the end of the season he moved to fellow Spanish outfit Espanyol, penning a four-year contract.
The Ghanaian midfielder played for Las Palmas in the 2015/2016 season and it has to be noted that he was part of Rubin Kazan, Celtic and Ashanti Gold in the past as well. On 10 July, 2016 Mubarak Wakaso signed a three-year deal with Panathinaikos for an undisclosed fee. Wakaso represented Ghana at the U17 World Cup in Peru and he played two games for the Black Stars in the group stages of the showpiece tournament.
He made his debut for the first team on 13 October, 2012 in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Malawi. You should bear in mind that his younger brother Alhassan plays football as well.
Highlighted Team (Panathinaikos):
Despite being founded on 3 February, 1908, Panathinaikos won their first domestic trophy in 1930. However, they quickly established themselves as one of the biggest clubs in Greece. Oi Prasinoi clinched their 20th Greek Superleague trophy in 2010, with the team finishing the season six points clear of their fiercest rivals Olympiakos.
There have always been fireworks in meetings between the two capital clubs and the clash between the two sides is well known as the “Derby of eternal enemies”. According to UEFA Panathinaikos are the second most-popular team football team in Greece. Speaking of the club’s European success, PAO made it to the 1970/1971 European Cup (Champions League) final, but Ajax proved to be a big catch for the Greek side in the title game.
It is well known that green trifolium (shamrock) is the club’s emblem. Giorgos Karagounis, Djibril Cisse, Emmanuel Olisadebe, Paulo Sousa and Goran Vlaovic are notable footballers who played for PAO in the past. Giourkas Seitaridis, Antonis Nikopolidis, Kostas Chalkias, Angelos Basinas, Giannis Goumas and Dimitris Papdopoulos are Panathinaikos players who helped Greece win the 2004 European Championship trophy.