Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Oleksandria Wolfsburg booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages. The Wolves, though, want to finish the process in top position in the standings, and we are positive that they will leave their hearts on the field in their final group game. Considering that the Bundesliga side are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Oliver Glasner’s troops.
Saint-Etienne, on the other hand, head into Thursday’s clash at Volkswagen Arena with a lack of motivation. Gent ruined les Verts’ qualification hopes, meaning that boss Claude Puel is going to rest first-team regulars in the Volkswagen Arena clash. Anyhow, the hosts want this win more than the visitors, and we predict that the Ligue 1 side are going to return home empty-handed from the trip to Germany.
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 (St Etienne):
Saint Etienne are a professional football club that compete in French Ligue 1. Les Verts were founded in 1919 by employees of a grocery store chain based in Saint Etienne. Saint Etienne wear green shirts and white shorts when playing at home ground and they play their home matches at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.
The stadium was opener on 13 September, 1931 and following the renovation the capacity of the venue increased to 42 000. In 1981 les Verts won their tenth Ligue 1 trophy, but they have been in the shadow of Ligue 1 giants Lyon and PSG in the 21st century.
Speaking of the club’s European success, Saint Etienne made it to the European Cup (Champions League) final in 1976, but Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich proved to be a big catch for the French outfit. Anyhow, that is regarded as the club’s biggest success. It has to be noted that the likes of Michel Platini, Jacques Santini, Laurent Blanc and Aime Jacquet all played for Saint Etienne in the past.