Sparta Prague vs Red Star Belgrade
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Generali Arena.
Sparta Prague entered the tie with Red Star Belgrade as massive favourites to go through with theirs tar-studded lineup which gets additionally strengthened on a daily basis literally during this summer’s transfer window.
However, the Serbians managed to shock the favourites by producing one of their best displays in the last decade to gain a massive 2.0 advantage ahead of the rematch in the Czech capital.
The famous Italian manager Andrea Stramaccioni will have a mountain to climb to annul Red Star’s advantage, but the tie is obviously still far from closed since the hosts indeed do posses a star-studded lineup.
The loss in Belgrade has certainly shaken Zelezna Sparta who surprisingly dropped points on the home patch in the weekend’s Czech Liga opener (1-1 draw with Bohemians 1905).
Vladan Milojevic can be proud of his team’s display in the first leg. The new head coach made seven changes to the squad he lined up for the clash with Sparta in the weekend’s comfortable away win at Rad in the second round of Serbian Superliga.
Even though the visitors seemed to be struggling defensively during the pre-season period and in the first round of Europa League qualification against Floriana, Milojevic has managed to find the wanted formula at the back as Red Star Belgrade kept four consecutive clean sheets coming into the rematch with Sparta.
Sparta Prague vs Red Star: Head to head
Red Star stunned Sparta with a super aggressive approach from the very first whistle which brought an immediate result as Richmond Boakye broke the deadlock 14 minutes in the game.
The Serbians held in such rhythm for almost whole course of the game and they were rewarded 25 minutes from time when Guelor Kanga doubled the lead to set the final score.
Sparta Prague vs Red Star: Prediction
In spite of such an impressive display from Red Star Belgrade in the first leg, we can’t ignore the 4/5 odds offered on Sparta to win the rematch.
The Czechs have the quality to turn the tie around and fight out to the advancement despite of the deficit.
Sparta Prague vs Red Star: Bet Tips
We’ll take Sparta Prague to win bet at 4/5 with higher stakes.
Braver tipsters can try with Sparta Prague -1.5 handicap at 23/10.