The Akyazı Stadium in Trabzon city, Turkey, will host the exciting round-of-16 Europa Conference League tie between the hosts Trabzonspor and the visitors Basel on Thursday at 17:45 GMT.
This first leg will present Trabzonspor with the opportunity to use the raucous home support as they bid to take a good start to the tie ahead of the second leg.
Basel will focus on being tight, disciplined, and compact against a dangerous-looking Trabzonspor side that are currently 6th in the Turkish domestic league.
The Trabzonspor manager, Abdullah Avcı, will be without Dorukhan Toköz (cruciate ligament injury), Edin Visca (collarbone), and Marek Hamsik (hamstring). These players are all doubts for the home clash with Basel.
Alexander Frei will miss three key players due to injury ahead of the journey to Trabzonspor on Thursday. These include Jean-Kévin Augustin (muscle), Liam Millar (unknown), and Darian Males (unknown).
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M. Hitz; M. Lang, Kasim, A. Pelmard, R. Calafiori; M. Frei; H. Novoa, A. Diouf, Z. Amdouni, D. Ndoye; A. Zeqiri
Trabzonspor will look to ride on the home support and the resulting high-energy atmosphere at home to get the victory they need to bolster their progression chances.
Basel will look to avoid defeat or even nick a good result away from home before the second leg at home.
Trabzonspor will win the match and take the lead to the second leg.
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