Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Granada will be looking to impress on their Europa League debut when they take on Teuta at Stadiumi Niko Dovana on Thursday evening. Los Granadinos can’t wait for their first ever match in European competitions, and, no doubt, boss Diego Martinez is going to field the best possible side against Teuta.
The club chiefs did well to sign permanent deals with the likes of Luis Milla, Maxime Gonalons, Albert Soro, and Dimitri Foulquier in the summer transfer window, meaning that they have big ambitions for the 2020/21 Europa League campaign. Experienced attacker Roberto Soldado is widely expected to lead the line for the Spanish outfit. Teuta, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-0 win over Beitar Jerusalem, but given the importance of the match for the newcomers, away win should definitely be considered. Blerim Krasniqi will be the man to watch in the home team.
Highlighted Player (Maxime Gonalons):
The 27-year-old France international defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons has been with Lyon since the tender age of 10, climbing through the club’s rank all the way to the first-team regular and club captain. Gonalons made his competitive debut for Lyon in 2009 against Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League playoof round when he came on for Jeremy Toulalan.
During the seven seasons with Lyon’s first-team, Maxime Gonalons established himself as the mainstay completing the total of 212 Ligue 1 appearances. Reliable midfielder has been a major impact in Lyon’s Champions League challenges as well, taking part in all of his club’s five appearances in Europe’s elite competition last year.
Playing in the holding role at Lyon, Maxime Gonalons’ influence is pivotal as the French international adds much needed steel to the midfield allowing his more creative teammates the freedom and carelessness upfront. His locker room impact is equally crucial as the 27-year-old midfielder is an imposing figure both on and off the pitch.
Highlighted Team (Granada):
Granada are an Andalusian football club that plays in Spanish La Liga. The club were founded on 14 April, 1931 and they have yet to win the Primera Division trophy. El Grana, though, booked their place in the Spanish Cup final in 1959, but Barcelona proved to be a big catch for the Andalusian outfit.
Granada host their rivals at Estadio Nuevo Los Carmenes, the stadium that was built in 1995. The capacity of the stadium is 23,934. Granada’s main rivals are fellow Andalusian team Sevilla, but Real Betis are regarded as the club’s bitter rivals as well.
The likes of Yacine Brahimi, Juan Aguero, Gustavo Benitez, Pahinho, Denis Milar, Julio Montero Castillo, Capi, Cesar and Jose Mingorance are famous players that were part of the Estadio El Sadar outfit in the past. The original colour of Granada’s kits were blue and white, but after the Spanish Civil War the club chiefs bought new ones (red and white).