Red Star Belgrade vs Sparta Prague
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification – Third Round
Date: Thursday, 27th July 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadion Rajko Mitic.
Red Star Belgrade successfully passed initial two obstacles, but they did not have luck with the draw which gave them star-studded Sparta Prague as a third-round opponent.
Potential elimination to the Serbian side would be a disaster for the Czechs who are aiming sky this year in both Europa League and Czech Liga.
Red Star Belgrade
Red Star Belgrade dropped a massive advantage midway through the last season of Superliga to lose the title to their arch-rivals Partizan Belgrade.
The team did not enter the new season in the best of the moods, but the new manager Vladan Milojevic can be satisfied with the results since Red Star did not have any troubles easing past Floriana and Irtysh in Europa League.
The Belgrade squad easily dispatched Radnicki Nis 3-0 in front of their fans in the season opener in Superliga.
Sparta significantly strengthened their squad this summer.
The team led by the famous Italian manager Andrea Stramaccioni signed the likes of Antonio Mavuba (15 caps for th French national team), Semih Kaya (held Galatasaray’s defensive line for years), Srdjan Plavsic (one of key players in Red Star Belgrade’s midfield last year), Tal Ben Chaim (bagged 15 goals for Maccabi Tel Aviv in the last season) and Marc Janko (notched 29 goals in last two seasons with Basel).
Zelezna Sparta did show certain troubles in the defense during their pre-season schedule, but Stramaccioni managed to fix the holes since the team allowed no more than a single goal in last two tests with Blackburn Rovers and Vitesse.
Red Star Belgrade vs Sparta Prague: Head to head
This is going to be the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
Red Star Belgrade vs Sparta Prague: Prediction
The quality is clearly on Sparta’s side and we would not be surprised to see the visitors closing the tie in the first leg at Stadion Rajko Mitic.
Red Star Belgrade vs Sparta Prague: Bet Tips
The main betting prediction will be Sparta Prague or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 1.53 with Bet365.
Braver tipsters can try with Sparta Prague to win the match at 2.98 with Pinnacle.