Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Steaua have yet to record a win in the Europa League group stages this season. The Romanian side kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 2-0 loss to Osmanlispor and they will be looking to get their revenge on the Turks when the two teams face each other at Arena Nationala in Bucharest on Thursday evening. A win over Osmanlispor should see Steaua keep their hopes of making it to the EL knockout stages alive and, no doubt, the hosts are going to leave their hearts on the field this time out. The Turkish team sit in top position in Group L and they will be looking to build on a 2-1 win at Villarreal when they face Laurentiu Reghecampf’s men in the capital of Romania. A win is a must for the hosts in this one and we predict that the Romanians are going to register their first win of the process.
Highlighted Team (Osmanlispor):
Osmanlispor are one of several Turkish clubs based in the country’s capital Ankara. The capital club was founded in 1978 as Ankara Belediye Spor Kulubu and the club’s current name refers to the Ottoman emperor Osman I. Osmanlispor finished the 2015/2016 Turkish Super Lig season in 5th place in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League qualifiers.
By beating the likes of Zimbru, Nomme Kalju and Midtjylland the Turkish outfit made it to the group stages of the European competition for the first time ever. Osmanlispor’s home coloures are white and blue, while they play their away games in yellow shirts and blue shorts. Osmanli Stadyumu is the home ground of the team, the venue which was opened in 1974.
In 2008 the stadium was renovated and it currently holds 19 626 people. The likes of Genclerbirligi, Ankaragucu and Etimesgut Sekerspor are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals. The club’s nickname is the Ottomans (Osmanlilar).