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Thursday’s Europa League schedule brings us Sturm Graz versus Raków Częstochowa.
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Sturm Graz, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 2-0 Bundesliga triumph versus SC Austria Lustenau.
In that game, Sturm Graz had 54% possession and 24 attempts at goal with 8 on target. For Sturm Graz, goals were scored by Tomi Horvat (48') and Alexander Prass (70'). On the other side, Austria Lustenau got 12 shots on goal with 3 on target.
Christian Ilzer's Sturm Graz have netted a sum total of 9 times over their prior half-dozen outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in those fixtures is 7.
In the game prior to this, Raków Częstochowa drew 1-1 in the Ekstraklasa tie with Cracovia.
In that match, Raków Częstochowa had 67% possession and 18 shots at goal with 6 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Raków Częstochowa was Bartosz Nowak (88'). Cracovia had 12 shots on goal with 3 on target. Virgil Ghiță (25') was the scorer for Cracovia.
Looking at their form, and Raków Częstochowa have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 6 goals in all. At the back, Raków Częstochowa have seen their frailties exposed.
Head to head
The previous league encounter featuring these clubs was Europa League match day 2 on 05/10/2023 when it ended Raków Częstochowa 0-1 Sturm Graz.
In that game, Raków Częstochowa managed 52% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
For their opponents, Sturm Graz had 18 shots on goal with 6 on target. William Bøving (24') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Əliyar Ağayev.
Team News: Sturm Graz
Seedy Jatta (Torn muscle fiber), Otar Kiteishvili (Achilles tendon problems), William Böving (unknown injury) and Gregory Wüthrich (unknown injury) will not be taking part for Sturm Graz gaffer Christian Ilzer. Ineligible players who cannot play in this game through suspension are Gabriel Haider, Vesel Demaku and Matteo Bignetti.
Team News: Raków Częstochowa
Owing to a fully injury-free squad available for selection, the Raków Częstochowa boss Dawid Szwarga has no fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this match.
We’ve got the feeling that Sturm Graz will most probably be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
However, Raków Częstochowa won’t find it easy to get a goal of their own but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be being dangerous at times, too.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a controlled 3-1 victory for Sturm Graz at full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Merkur-Arena (16,764)
Captain: Stefan Hierländer
Chairman: Christian Jauk
Manager: Christian Ilzer
Competitions: Bundesliga position 2, ÖFB Cup (Quarter-finals), Europa League (Group D)
⭐ Star Man: Tomi Horvat
Customarily playing in the Centre Midfield position, Tomi Horvat was born in Murska Sobota, Slovenia. Having made his senior debut playing for Mura in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Midfielder has scored a sum of 4 league goals in this Bundesliga 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in 12 appearances.