Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Basel look unstoppable ahead of the trip to Turkey. The RotBlau have been scoring goals for fun in both Europa League and Swiss top flight of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Trabzonspor. Basel produce much better showings at home than on the travels, but they are definitely capable of holding the Turkish outfit to a draw at Medical Park Stadyumu.
Kevin Bua, who scored a brace in the 5-0 win over Krasnodar, will be one of the men to watch in the away team. Trabzonspor failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Getafe and given their poor form in the national championship, we do not believe that there is a big value in betting on the hosts. However, seeing that Turkish clubs are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw this time out.
Highlighted Player (Daniel Sturridge):
Daniel Sturridge is an English footbal player born on 1st of September 1989 in Birmingham. Sturridge started his football career for Aston Villa. After playing for Chelsea, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers Sturridge got transferred to Liverpool for approximately 11 million euro. Daniel Sturridge made his debut for the English national team on 15th of November 2011.
Sturridge is known for being a strong and fast left footed striker. Because of his great technique defenders don’t know what to expect once they are in a one against one situation with Sturridge. Sturridge won several prices with Chelsea like the Champions League, the Premier League title and the FA Cup.
Sturridge’s best individual season was in 2013/2014 where he and Suarez were able to reach to the second place in the Premier League. The way Sturridge celebrates his goals are very recognizable and widely mimicked.
Highlighted Team (Basel):
One of the most successful football clubs in Switzerland, FC Basel were founded in 1893. The RotBlau as they are referred to by the Swiss play their games at the St. Jacob Park in Basel in front of 37,500 people which is the maximum capacity of the venue.
The 19-time Swiss champions have endured difficult times in 1980s which ultimately led to relegation from the top flight in 1987. FC Basel returned to the top tier of Swiss football in 2000s to win their first league title in 22 years and go on to win it nine more times over 13 seasons since 2002. The golden times for FC Basel brought European inclusion in every season since 1999-2000 with a pinnacle being the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2012-13.
The RotBlau have so far played over 95 UEFA Champions League games, winning almost half of their European outings. The Swiss club has produced plenty of talented players who went on to become prominent footballers all across Europe with Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka being the most outstanding members of the latest generation.