Osmanlispor vs. FC Zurich / Europa League – Hardly anyone could have directed a more interesting finale than this in a group in which all four teams have a chance to qualify for the knockout phase and they have only one point difference before the last round. Osmanlispor is in the best position because they are the first with one point more than the other three teams and it is clear that they need only one point from this match to confirm a place in the sixteenth finals, while they would be first with a victory. Zurich would be safe with a victory, while defeat and even a draw mean a definite fall. Osmanlispor was defeated in the last round of Europa League, and then they played a draw in the championship and two wins, while Zurich after a draw with Villarreal, made two championship victories. Duel in Zurich, which belonged to the host with 2-1 was their only mutual duel until now. Begins: 08.12.2016. – 17:00 CET
Osmanlispor is a real refreshment in this season’s edition of Europa League and they are on their way to win the sixteen finals. They are holding the first place in the group and therefore the situation in their hands, because only a victory suits them, not a draw, while they can even lose if Villarreal and Steaua play a draw in the last round. They have not lost in the previous two home duels, and there is no reason to think about losing points, especially since they lost in the Turkish championship once in front of their fans and only twice in total, while they have two defeats in Europa League.
In the championship they played seven draws and that is why they are in seventh place with six points less than the position that leads to European scene. They have a series of four games without defeat and they were last weekend defeated by Karabukspor with 2-1 at home. Prior to that, they played 1-1 with Konyaspor, having received a goal two minutes before the end. In relation to the composition in that game, midfielder Guven remained on the bench , so Badou jumped instead. Midfielder Cagiran is now out of action, so Badou could be his replacement, with the proviso that Guven returns. A few players that are on the injured list will not be able to participate in this match, and those are striker Diabate and midfielders Lawal and Bekdemir.
Probable lineups Osmanlispor: Karcemarskas – Bayir, Curuksu, Prochazka, Pinto – Badou, Guven – Regattin, Maher, Delarge – Webo
Zurich is one of the few clubs that plays in Europa League, even though they do not perform in elite rank in their country. This was commonly known to happen to the English, and here is Zurich that last season won the Cup of their country, but they did not have luck in the championship and eventually got eliminated from the elite rank. This team has made all six wins in the Cup, while they celebrated only seven times in the championship. However, they are this season relentless in the second league and no team has managed to defeat them yet, but they have only three draws, with 14 wins, so it is evident that they will expressly return to the elite rank of this competition. They are good which is evidenced by their performances in Europa League, where they are still in the game for the sixteenth finals.
Only Villarreal has managed to defeat them, but the problem is that they besides the victory over Osmanlispor, also made three draws and therefore they now only need a victory. They have reached the quarter-finals in the Cup and the problem is that their opponent is the current champion Basel. They have six wins in a row in the championship, of which three without any goals received, and the last team they overcame was Wil with 2-0. They were close to elimination in the last round of Europa League, but they in the end managed to play a draw against Villarreal at home. Their coach Forte is making some combinations in his team in the championship matches, while he will now send his strongest available forces to the field, without the injured Voser and Kleiber.
Probable lineups FC Zurich: Vanins – Nef, Kecojevic, Bangura – Brunner, Schonbachler, Kukell, Sarr – Buff, Rodriguez – Sadiku
Osmanlispor vs. FC Zurich PICK
Osmanlispor is not losing matches lightly, but they often play draws and also often receive at least a goal per game. In this case, they would be satisfied with a draw, however, the guests need a win and we expect them to play open, so there should be goals on both sides of the field in this match.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 2.05 at bwin (down to 1.95 can be played)