Genk vs Slavia Prague
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Luminus Arena (Genk).
It’s all wide open in the tie between Genk and Slavia Prague after a goalless draw in the first leg at Sinobo Stadium. It was the clash between two opposite football philosophies, but the one of Slavia’s predominated last Thursday.
Genk generally play attractive attacking-minded football. They bagged as many as 14 goals en route to topping their respective Europa League group ahead of Malmo, Besiktas and Sarpsborg. Nevertheless, they failed to break Spavia’s stern defense down in the first match.
The rock-solid defense is what earned Slavia a place in the knockout stage after all. The team led by Jindich Trpisovsky came second in Group C with a goal difference of 4-3 in six matches. They continued to play such tight football in the knockout round as well. Do they have what it takes to keep things tight at the back away at Genk?
Genk vs Slavia Prague: Head-to-head
The match played seven days ago was the maiden head to head meeting between the two likes.
It was an evenly-matched tie which ended with the unpopular 0-0 scoreline.
Genk vs Slavia Prague: Prediction
Neither of two teams will come into this in high spirits. Both Genk and Slavia Prague saw their advantage at the top of respective domestic divisions reduced last weekend. Genk fell 3-1 away at defending champions Club Brugge, but they still have a massive eight-point cushion at the very top of the ladder.
Slavia, on the other hand, are just three points clear off Viktoria Plzen following a 2-0 defeat to this opposition on Sunday. Genk are favourites to advance as they generally play much better in front of the home crowd. Genk won five and drew one of last six home outings in Europa League. We thus see a nice value in backing their win at the odds of 1.90.
Genk vs Slavia Prague: Bet Tips
Genk to [email protected] 1.90 (9/10)
Genk to keep a clean sheet @ 2.37 (11/8).