Sturm Graz vs Fenerbahce
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick-off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Merkur-Arena (Graz).
Fenerbahce enter this contest as strong favorites against the Austrian side that lost all their previous 7 home matches in the Europa League.
Sturm Graz defeated Mladost Podgorica in the second round of the qualifiers. They lost the home leg 1-0 before turning around the deficit with a rampant 3-0 win at Montenegro.
The Turks are aiming for their third consecutive appearance at the Europa League group stage.
In the last two seasons, Fener won all their four matches in the qualifiers and kept clean sheets on each occasions.
The Austrians are coming on the back of some fine form with three consecutive wins in all competitive matches. They scored 9 goals in the process, concedin 2.
This is Fener’s first competitive match of the 2017/18 season. The pre-season didnt go well for the Turkish club as they are left witout a win in 5 warm-up matches, lost 3 and drew 2.
Sturm Graz vs Fenerbahce: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between Strum Graz and Fenerbahce in a UEFA tournament.
The team’s have similar record against teams from opposition nations, 2 wins and 2 draws.
Strum’s last visit to Turkey was to take on Galatasaray for the 2009/10 Europa League fixture. They drew 1-1 before the earning a 1-0 win back in Autsria.
Fener’s last Austrian opposition was Red Bull Salzburg in the third qualifying round of the Champions League 2013/14 season. The home leg in Turkey was a 3-1 win and their trip to Austria ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
Sturm Graz vs Fenerbahce: Prediction
This look like a relatively easy fixture for Fenerbahce. Adding Strum’s poor home record in the competition and Fener’s winning streak in the qualifiers, punters must put their money on an away win here.