Konyaspor and Salzburg face off in Konya Büyükşehir Stadı in a game for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Group Stage). These two teams have never faced before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor can be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results conquered at home and as a visitor.
After 1 victory and 1 defeat, the home team arrives at this 3rd day in the 3rd position of Group I, with 3 points conquered. In the previous round, they won 2-1 at home against Vitória Guimarães after having lost 1-0 to Olympique Marseille in the first game of this group stage. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 2 wins, 4 draws and 9 defeats as a visitor, with 13 goals scored and 22 suffered; against 8 wins, 1 draw and 6 defeats in his stadium, with 26 goals scored and 20 suffered. In the last game that played, for the Süper Lig, lost with Galatasaray at home by (0-2). In their last 10 games at home, Konyaspor has 6 wins, 1 draw and 3 losses. His defense has not been very solid, having conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 games. In 11 games, he never got the comeback in all five games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period in the last 6 home matches for all competitions: he scored 3 of his 7 goals in the minutes (16′-30 ‘).
Konyaspor is not in good form and now comes from another defeat for the Turkish championship, where he is in the fifteenth position among eighteen clubs, with the same score as the first team in the relegation zone. However, in the Europa League has been making an amazing campaign and now seeks to engage his second consecutive victory in the competition. In the opening day, made a reasonable game and suffered a simple defeat by 1×0 at the home of the strong Olympique de Marseille and then made a good game against his fans against Vitória de Guimarães, highlighting the action of midfielder Milosevic. The numbers of the national championship indicate a team that is characterized by problems in the offensive sector, which has not been confirmed until now in the continental tournament. One of the highlights of the club is Bourabia, the great reference in the middle of the field.
The visiting team arrives at this 3rd day of Group I in the 1st position, with 4 points conquered, after 1 victory and 1 tie. In his first game in this group stage drew away against Vitória Guimarães by (1-1). In the second day, won at home against Olympique Marseille by (1-0). This is a team that curiously tends to win more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 games has 10 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses as a visitor, with 34 goals scored and 11 suffered; against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 40 goals scored and 13 suffered. The team arrives to this match after a victory outside with the LASK Linz by (1-3). In the last 10 games played as a visitor for all competitions, Salzburg won 7, tied 2 and lost 1. Their attack has marked regularly, as they have always scored at least one goal in the last 4 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he only managed 1 comeback in all 4 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period in the last 20 games as a visitor for all competitions: he suffered 5 of his 13 goals in the minutes (16’-30 ‘).
Salzburg, unlike its rival in this round, is going through a great phase, having been undefeated for eight games and now comes from three straight wins, the last two for the Austrian championship, where he holds the vice-leadership with a point less than the Sturm Graz. Now the team tries to secure their second consecutive victory in the Europa League, to remain undefeated and continue in the leadership of Group I. Their last showdown for the continental tournament was very lively, but the defense showed a lot of strength in the disarm and took advantage of the opportunism of striker Dabbur to ensure victory after a good move by Lainer on the bottom line. Based on the numbers of the national championship, we can say that the team is characterized by great defensive power and that has been confirmed so far in the Europa League. For this match, the manager should be able to keep the team in a 4-3-1-2 4-4-2 formation, highlighting Berisha in the midfield.
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