Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Estadio de la Ceramica will host a highly-anticipated Europa League showdown between Villarreal and Salzburg. The Yellow Submarine did well to beat Salzburg 2-0 at Red Bull Arena, meaning that the hosts are high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash. All Nino, Pino, and Chukwueze are pushing for a start, while Coquelin, Iborra, Mario Gaspar and Alberto Moreno are all likely to miss the game with injuries.
The Red Bulls, on the other hand, aim to build on a 4-2 win over Rapid Wien. Since the Austrian champions are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the second leg, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Zambia international Patson Daka, who scored a hat-trick in the victory over Rapid Wien. Brazil international Bernardo is widely expected to miss the game through injury.
Highlighted Player (Ramiro Funes Mori):
Argentina isn’t known to produce great talents in defence but Ramiro Jose Funes Mori is an exception. The 25-year-old started his football career in the United States with FC Dallas. He won an MLS talent competition to get into their youth team but it was less than a year before he moved back to Argentina.
Mori joined River Plate as a youth player in 2008 and progressed to their senior team within three years. The young defender is nothing short of a club legend at River Plate having won six titles with the team. More than the titles and his performances, it was his performances in important games that is still vividly remembered.
His iconic goal against Boca Juniors is still part of the folklore. Mori joined English Premier League club Everton in 2015 and soon established himself as a regular there. Mori represented Argentina seven times and yet to score in national colors.
Highlighted Team (Salzburg):
Salzburg are a professional football club that compete in Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull and, as a result, they are well known under the name of the Red Bulls. The club was founded on 13 September, 1933 and they won their first Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 1994.
Salzburg quickly established themselves as the dominant force in the national championship and they are the most successful Austrian club in the 21st century. It has to be noted that they won their tenth Austrian Premier League trophy in 2016, finishing the season nine points clear of second-placed Rapid Wien.
The Red Bulls welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena, the stadium that was opened on 8 March, 2008. The capacity of the venue is 31 895. Salzburg participated in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian outfit. Inter recorded a 2-0 win over Salzburg in the final (on aggregate).