Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Union Berlin will be looking to keep their Europa League last 16 hopes alive when they host Malmo to their Stadion An der Alten Forsterei on Thursday evening. The Bundesliga outfit defeated Malmo at Eleda Stadion thanks to Sheraldo Becker’s goal, but they face yet another must-win situation in the reverse fixture. Midfielder Andras Schafer is banned for the match, while Sven Michel is back from suspension. Both Baumgartl and Maciejewski are major doubts following their recent positive tests for COVID-19.
The Swedish outfit, on the other hand, failed to impress in a goalless draw with Varnamo at the weekend, which is yet another reason why we are going to put our money on Union Berlin. As for the away team, Isaac Thelin is pushing for a start, while all Berget, Nalic, Nielsen, Rieks, and Siby should miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Rani Khedira):
Just like his brother Sami, Rani Khedira started his senior career at Stuttgart. The midfielder made 56 league appearances for Stuttgart II, while playing nine matches for the first team. In 2014 he joined Leipzig and he has been playing for Die Bullen ever since.
Rani Khedira was born on 27 January, 1994 in Stuttgart and he has 2 caps for Germany U19 team. The Leipzig midfielder represented Germany U17 at the 2011 FIFA World Cup. Khedira played 15 matches for Leipzig in the 2015/2016 2. Bundesliga campaign and he certainly helped the team secure promotion to the German elite division. He is a central midfielder, but he plays as a defensive midfielder as well.
Khedira has a contract with Leipzig which expires on 30 June, 2017. His highest market value was €1,300,000 on 13 January, 2015. Rani Khedira was born in Germany, but his father is Tunisian. He is a right-footed footballer.
Highlighted Team (Malmo):
Founded on February 24, 1910, Malmo are a Swedish team that compete in Allsvenskan league. The Blues welcome their rivals at Stadion, Malmo, the venue which was opened in April, 2009. It is important to note that the stadium can hold up to 22,500 supporters of which 18,000 are seated.
Malmo are the most successful Swedish side, with the team winning their 23rd domestic trophy in 2017. The Blues finished the season seven points clear of AIK, scoring 63 goals and conceding 27 in the process. Speaking of the club’s European success, Malmo did well to make it to the European Cup final in the 1978/1979 season, but they eventually failed to win the trophy.
The Swedish side were beaten by Nottingham Forest in the title game (0-1), with Trevor John Francis scoring the only goal of the match. Malmo wear sky-blue shirts and white shorts when playing at home, whereas their away colour is black.