Opava vs Slavia Prague (By: Stanioooo)
Opava will host Spavia Prague in the 17th round of the Czech 1 Liga.
Opava are still part of the relegation group- at 12th position from 16 clubs, but they are not amongst the weakest teams for sure. Playing away from home is their main weakness with stats 1W-1D-6L. Their performance infront of home crowd is totally different and that has an influence on their results. With 4W-1D-3L they are amongst the best sides. Two of the losses were in the start of the season, when the team was still not in form. Since September there is an obvious progress in the club and that's the reason they won so many matches against teams like Jablonec, Teplice, Jilhava, Pribram and Ostrava. A few days ago they played in the cup against one of the strongest teams in the Czech republic(Sparta Prague) and lost in penalties after 0:0 in 120 minutes game. Opava played with almost all of their second team players, while Sparta were with much stronger squad, but still needed the penalty kicks drama to continue to the next round. Opava have some really dangerous players who can surprise badly the leaders of the table Slavia Prague- they are Kuzmanovic and Kayamba.
Slavia Prague are the leaders with 1 point advantage of Plzen. They are the main favourite to win the title in the domestic league, but there is an exhaustion in the squad for sure after they have to mix the Czech 1 Liaga with Europa League. A few days ago they had a tough visit to Bordeaux and lost with 2:0, but still with amazing chances to qualify for the next round after Copenhagen also lost against Zenit. They are expected to make some changes for sure and maybe they enter in this match as favourites and is expected to win the three points, but I doubt it will happen very easy.
In the first match between them in the start of the season Slavia won with 3:1, but they didn't dominate at all- they deserved the win, but maybe with a goal difference. It was a balanced game and it wasn't strange there was a little intrigue till the very end- 2:1 for Slavia with a goal for 3:1 in the 93th minute by a substitution. Kuzmanovic was the one who scored for Opava.
The home side will miss only Puskac, but one of their main weapons in attack Kayamba is back after suspension, while the visitors will be without Lukas Pokorny(CB), Jakub Hromada(MF), Marko Alvir(MF) and Stanislav Tecl(FW).
I expect very balanced game where Slavia are expected to win, but I don't think it will happen too easily with more than a goal difference. My main picks are 1:1 or 1:2 for Slavia. Still there is a quality difference, but the exhaustion of the visitors after EL game and the good form of the hosts playing at home are the main factors for my pick. Good luck!
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