Rakow Czestochowa vs Slavia Prague
UEFA Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: 18 August 2022, Thursday
Kick-off at 17:00 UK / 18:00 CET
Venue: Miejski Stadion Pilkarski Rakow (Czestochowa).
Rakow Czestochowa were stopped in the playoffs round in their inaugural appearance in any European competition last season when they fell 1-3 on aggregate to Gent in the UEFA Europa Conference League.
They have made it to the same phase of the same competition this time around but will now likely face an even tougher challenge to find the way to the group stage.
The opposition comes in the likes of Slavia Prague who have regularly played the knockout phase of European competitions in the last several years.
The Czechs played the Europa League quarterfinal in the 2018/19 season. They made it to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League next year.
They then once again reached the Europa League quarterfinal in 2020/21 before making it to the quarterfinal of Conference League last season.
Slavia Prague had a disappointing campaign in the previous term of Czech Liga where they barely even caught this spot for the UEFA Europa Conference League.
Nevertheless, the team led by long-term manager Jindich Trpisovsky seems ready to make it to the group phase once again as they were ruthless in the previous two qualifying rounds against St. Joseph’s and Panathinaikos.
Trpisovsky can be particularly pleased with his team’s recent attacking form as Slavia Prague have notched seven goals in the previous two domestic league victories over Zlin and Jablonec.
Rakow are yet to concede in this term of Conference League after eliminating Astana 6-0 and Spartak Trnava 3-0 in the qualifications.
It will be very interesting to see whether the stern Polish defense can cope with the in-form attacking line of Slavia Prague’s here.
Rakow Czestochowa vs Slavia Prague Head-to-head
- This will be the maiden head to head meeting between the two teams.
Rakow Czestochowa vs Slavia Prague Prediction
Rakow play tight defensive-minded football. They have shown great form in Conference League so far this summer, but Slavia Prague will represent their toughest challenge yet.
We believe the hosts do have what it takes to remain unbeaten in the first leg on home soil and we will shoot for the draw as the main betting option at the 3.20 odds. The Under 2.5 goals FT is another interesting bet at the 1.80 odds knowing how tough to break down Rakow have been so far in Europe.
Rakow Czestochowa vs Slavia Prague Betting Tips
Draw @ 3.20 (11/5)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.80 (4/5) odd.