Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Young Boys and Skenderbeu, the two teams who failed to make it to the Europa League knockout stages, take on each other at Stade de Suisse in their last group game. The Swiss side suffered a 2-1 loss to Partizan in Belgrade and, as a result, they have nothing to play for in Thursday’s football match against Skenderbeu. The Albanians, on the other hand, did well to beat Dynamo Kiev in front of home fans, but that did not help them make it to the last 32 of the Europa League. Young Boys are not regarded as good travelers, but they are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict they will give fans some cheer on Thursday evening. Coach Adolf Hutter is likely to mix the squad against Skenderbeu, but regardless of which players will be deployed in the starting line-up, home win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Miralem Sulejmani):
Miralem Sulejmani is a product of Partizan football academy. The pacey winger played no more than one game in the Serbian Super League for Partizan before joining Heerenveen. The left-footed footballer impressed in the 2007/2008 season with de Superfriezen, with the Serbia international scoring 14 goals in 34 appearances in the Eredivisie. Miralem Sulejmani was on Ajax’s radar during the season and he signed for the famous Dutch club in the summer of 2008 for a fee of €16.25 million. After scoring 29 goals in 103 appearances in the national championship for the Amsterdammers Sulejmani moved to Benfica in 2013, signing a five-year contract with the Primeira Liga side. However, Miralem Sulejmani was struggling to find his best form during his spell with the Portuguese outfit and the club chiefs decided to sell him to Young Boys in June, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Miralem Sujelmani made his Serbia debut on February 6, 2008 in a friendly game against Macedonia in Skopje. He scored his first ever goal for the Eagles on September 12, 2012 in a 6-1 win over Wales (2014 WC qualifiers).
Highlighted Team (Skenderbeu):
Founded in 1925, Skenderbeu are considered one of the oldest clubs in Albania. The Juglindoret (The South Easterners) are well known for their red shirts with white stripes and they welcome their rivals at Skenderbeu Stadium. The stadium was opened back in 1957 and the capacity of the venue is 12.343. Skenderbeu won their sixth Albanian Superliga trophy in the 2014/2016 season, whilst they have yet to win the Albanian Cup trophy. The Judlingoret will play in the 2017/2018 Europa League group stages after impressing in the qualifiers for the European competition. The Albanian outfit set up a meeting with Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League play-offs by beating the likes of Santa Julia, Kairat and Mlada Boleslav and thank to the away goal rule they eliminated the Croatian side in the two-legged tie. Skenderbeu will face the likes of Dynamo Kiev, Young Boys and Partizan in Group B. The club’s main supporters group is Ujqerit e Debores.