Slavia Prague vs Opava
Slavia Prague host Opava in the 3rd round of Czech 1 Liga.
This is a match between David and Goliath where the 2nd placed team in 2017/18 Slavia take Opava which are newcomers in the best Czech football league. They have a few matches in the past, but they are more than 10 years ago, so they are practically unusefull, that's why I will concentrate on their current form.
Slavia Prague have the most expensive football team in the Czech republic, with a little advantage over Sparta Prague and Victoria Pilzen(transfermarkt). Their midfield looks excellent and a team led by classy forward like Milan Skoda is expected to have great results, mostly in the domestic league. The start of the season was excellent with 0:3 win against Sigma Olomouc as guests and 4:0 home win against Karvina. Now it's time for another home match maybe against one of the weakest sides in the league Opava.
OK, Slavia have an EL match against Dynamo Kiev next week, but that's typical for so many higher ranked teams in all of the leagues. We can't expect surprises everywhere or totally changed teams to save energy of the best starting line-up. The Czech league just started, Slavia had only two official matches and we can't talk about any tiredness or exhaustion, it's the opposite, they need more and more matches together to find their best form and rhythm as fast as they can. The coach of the team has told that he wants his team to play more and more offensively and he has the players to do that, so Opava looks like a perfect opponent for one huge win before Dynamo's test in EL. They need to boost their own confidence!
Opava are newcomers, they won the 2nd best league in the Czech republic during the last season, but now the task is much harder. They started the season very bad with two losses- 2:0 away fo Sparta Prague and 1:2 at home against Zlin.Infact they received an early red card(Svozil) against Zlin and that influenced on their performance, but against Sparta they just didn't have any chances. It was a matter of time Sparta to score them the opening goal and then to finish them with another one. Maybe now they have to face the hardest opponent in the league and playing as guests I don't think they will have any chances once again.
I will go here with Slavia -2AH, because it will be a shame Slavia to win only by a single goal advantage at home against this newcomer. 2:0 or 3:0 are the most expected results for me, so if it happens a home win with 2 goals advantage, money will be returned.
Slavia Prague vs Opava prediction
|Slavia -2 AH||Pinnacle||1.83||10||3-1 PUSH (Stake return)|