Sparta Prague vs Spartak

Sparta Prague had ball possession in the first leg against Spartak in Subotica, but that was pretty much all. They did have some decent chances, however, the side will need to improve a lot in order to remain with a chance here. No matter the opponent, two goals deficit without a goal scored is some serious obstacle now.

They didn't look like a real team, better to say - not like a team of the level they should be. They were very vulnerable at the back and with such a defensive approach it could be really difficult for them to improve in comparison to the previous season. Truth to be told, Sparta did have some really good chances in the first leg - but it's just too little for a club of their reputation.

It was their only second official game in the season and that could be the reason for the failure as the team also didn't respond well to European duties in the previous season either. As for the domestic league, they come from two back to back victories early in the new league edition. They have won over Opava 2:0 in the season-opening game, while the team snatched narrow 1:2 victory over Jablonec last Sunday afternoon.

Must be said that the match reminded the one they had against Spartak since the team tried to attack and had a lot of ball possession but the hosts were those who created easier. Still, Kanga brought them into the lead in the 53rd minute, while Vukodinovic doubled up the lead in the 69th minute. Even though Jablonec was a side with bit better chances, they had to get satisfied with a reducement in 88th minute thanks to a goal from Lischka only.

Forward Vaclav Kadlec is coming slowly from the injury and probably won't play here. The home team also can't count at forward Matej Pulkrab (1/0), defender Onrej Zahustel (no performance yet in the season) and a couple of youngsters.

Spartak, on the other side, was surely over the moon with the result created in the first leg. Even though it's a huge surprise on the paper, soon after the game has started it was obvious that the Serbian side has their chance in that game. The Czechs didn't move the ball too fluid and were terrific slow getting back to defend their own goal.

Calasan brought them into the lead in the eighth minute and it was easier for them to play from that moment on, looking for decent chances via counters. It finally happened in the 57th minute when Djurcin sealed the final result. Even though they could have conceded, needs to be said that they also could have scored a goal more being always constant danger via counter-attacks.

As for the domestic league, they have also played two rounds since the beginning. They recorded a narrow 1:0 victory over Macva at home but have lost last Sunday afternoon on the road to Backa 2:1. The side used bit rotated team and couldn't handle the opponent even though they had the lead at the halftime thanks to a goal from Savkovic scored from the penalty kick.

No doubt that the home team is a favorite to get the victory here, however from what we've seen in the first leg the Serbian side will have some great chances to make their lives as difficult as possible. They were already more than threatening in the first game and now with Sparta being in need to risk even more, their chances from counter attacks may come even easier.

The Czech side looked so vulnerable when attacking and it's something that can't be fixed within seven days. Sparta may overcome this obstacle and score a few, but I strongly doubt that they will be able to keep their sheet clean.

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Sparta Prague vs Spartak prediction

Both teams to score & Over 2.5 goals @ 3.50 with Bet365

Result: 2-1 (won)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
+15 -9

2 Comments

  1. Siskid says:

    Under 2.5

  2. Paul says:

    Pick landed even before the game ended,and odds were great. Great tip Damir,thumbs up !!

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