Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Letzigrund Stadion when Zurich and Hearts square off against each other in a highly-anticipated Europa League qualifier. Zurich set up a meeting with Hearts by rolling over Linfield 5-0 on aggregate, and they are seen as favourites to win Thursday’s clash as well. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of the visit of Hearts. The Scottish outfit, on the other hand, rolled over Dundee United 4-1 at the weekend, meaning that they are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Switzerland.
As always, a man to watch in the away team will be No. 9 Lawrence Shankland, who has found his goal-scoring touch of late, while DR Congo international Beni Baningime remains in the recovery room. Despite the fact that Zurich are favourites to win the first leg, we are tempted to put our money on draw as Hearts have been in a fine form at the start of the season.
Highlighted Player (Liam Boyce):
Liam Boyce is a Northern Ireland international who plays for Burton Albion in the League One. Boyce was born in Belfast on April 8, 1991 and he started his senior career at Cliftonville.
The 184-cm tall attacker played for the likes of Werder Bremen II and Ross County as well before becoming Burton Albion’s record signing in the 2017 summer transfer window.Liam Boyce missed almost entire 2017/2018 season through a serious knee injury, returning to action on February 3, 2018. Speaking of his international career, Boyce made his Northern Ireland debut against Scotland on February 9, 2011, coming as a substitute for Niall McGinn.
Six years later, on June 2, 2017, he scored his first goal for the Northern Ireland national team in a 1-0 win over New Zealand. Liam Boyce’s main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of producing fine performances as a second striker as well.
Highlighted Team (Hearts):
Founded in 1874, Hearts are professional football club that compete in the Scotland Premiership. The Jam Tarts welcome their rivals at Tynecastle Park Gorgie, the stadium which can hold up to 20,000 spectators.
While the original Hearts strip was all white shirts and trousers with maroon trimmings, the club’s current home kit is all maroon with a white-collar. Hearts have won the Scottish Premier League title four times (1894/95, 1896/97, 1957/58, 1959/60), but they have been in Celtic and Rangers’ shadows in the 21st century. Hibernian are considered the club’s fiercest rivals. The two teams first met back in 1875 on Christmas Day, with Hearts winning the match 1-0. The Tynecastle Park Gorgie recorded their biggest win in 1880, with the team rolling over Anchor 21-0 in the FA Cup.
The club’s heaviest defeat came eight years later as Hearts were beaten by Vale of Leven 8-1 in the Scottish Cup. John Robertson is leading the club’s all-time goal-scoring chart, with the left winger netting 214 goals for the club.