Our football match prediction:
Villarreal were more than unfortunate not to beat Zurich at Stadion Letzigrund, with the La Liga outfit missing a lot of clear-cut chances to score in a 1-1 draw with Ulrich Forte’s troops. Anyhow, the Yellow Submarine are still capable of booking their place in the Europa League last 32. Villarreal, though, need to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match against Steaua if they are to meet the goal, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Romanian team came from behind to defeat Osmanlispor in their last group game and they are only one point away from the Europa League knockout stages. Steaua will have a much bigger fish to fry against Villarreal and seeing that Fran Escriba’s men produced a fine performance in the draw with Zurich, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash at Camp el Madrigal.
Highlighted Player (Mateo Musacchio):
Mateo Musacchio is an Argentine footballer who plays for Spanish team Villarreal as a defender. The 182-cm-tall footballer plays as a centre back and he was born in Rosario. However, his grandparents are Albanian. Musac hio began his senior career at River Plate, playing for the Argentine giants between 2006 and 2009, but he made no more than 10 appearances for los Millionarios. On August 2009 he joined Spanish club Villarreal and he has been playing for the Yellow Submarine ever since. Musacchio scored three goals in 22 appearances for Villarreal II in the 2009/2010 campaign, but he made seven appearances for the first team during the season as well. Nonetheless, he played no more than 13 games for the Yellows in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign. Mateo Musacchio has 3 caps for the Argentina national team. Speaking of his honours, the Argentine defender did well to clinch the 2008 Clausura with River Plate.
Highlighted Team (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since. In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown. Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.