Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Wolfsburg impressed in the 2018/2019 Bundesliga season and, as a result, they will represent Germany in the 2019/2020 Europa League campaign. The Wolves are widely expected to book their place in the knockout stages of the competition, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Germans are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match against Oleksandria and seeing that they are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we believe that there is a big value in betting on Oliver Glasner’s charges.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Dutch international Wout Weighorst, who has already found his goal-scoring touch at the start of the new Bundesliga campaign. The Ukrainians, on the other hand, are seen as big underdogs in Group I and we do not believe that they are capable of upsetting Wolfsburg on their Europa League debut.
Highlighted Player (Kevin Mbabu):
Born in Chene-Bougeries, Switzerland on April 19, 1995, Kevin Mbabu is a defender who plays for Young Boys. Mbabu started his youth career at Servette and he continued playing for les Grenats at senior level. However, it has to be noted that he made no more than one appearance for Servette in the league during the 2012/2013 season.
Kevin Mbabu then joined Premier League side Newcastle United and after spending two seasons on loan at Rangers and Young Boys, he signed a permanent deal with the Stade de Suisse outfit in 2017. His main position right back, but he is used as both centre and left back as well.
Mbabu is eligible to play for Switzerland, DR Congo and France due to his mixed descent, but he decided to represent the Rossocrociati at senior level. Mbabu made his Switzerland debut in September, 2018 in a 6-0 win over Iceland. His contract with Young Boys should expire in June, 2020.
Highlighted Team (Oleksandriya):
Based in Oleksandriya, Kirovohrad Oblast, FC Oleksandriya are a Ukrainian professional football club. The Mistiany wear yellow shirts and black shorts when playing at home, whilst the club’s away colours are white and green.
CSK Nika is the club’s home ground, the stadium which can hold no more than 7,000 spectators. Nika Stadium was renovated in 1998 in place of Shakhtar Stadium. FC Oleksandriya returned to the Premier League in 2015 and they have been competing in the Ukrainian top flight ever since.
The Mistiany booked their place in the Europa League group stages in the 2018/2019 season, with the team facing Wolfsburg, Gent and Saint-Etienne in Group I. FC Oleksandriya were producing fine performances in the 2018/2019 season, beating star-studded Dynamo Kiev in front home fans. The club eventually finished the campaign in third position in the standings, 16 points behind champions Shakhtar Donetsk.