Sparta Prague vs Spartak Subotica
UEFA Europa League Qualifiers
Date: Thursday, 2nd August 2018
Date: 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Generali Arena (Prague).
Another disappointing Europa League campaign is on the cards for Sparta Prague as they are staring at an early exit after a 2-0 defeat against Serbian outfit Spartak Subotica. History says, they had never overturned a first leg defeat in knockout ties and pressure is immense on Pavel Hapal and the boys who take the field on Thursday night.
It is true that head-coach Pavel Happa had and still miss some key players for this tie, among those, the absence of Vaclav Kadlec is the one that hurt them the most.
Spartak Subotica are not the sort of club with a great history in Europe. Their only previous entry at the competition was back in 2010/11 and they started off at the second stage before losing to Dnipro in the third round. Interestingly, the Serbs were leading the tie 2-1 from the first leg before losing 2-0 in Ukraine.
Last season, Subotica finished fourth in the Serbian Superliga and thus got direct entry to the second round of the qualifiers. They started off alright by beating Northern Ireland club Coleraine 3-1 on aggregate.
Sparta Prague are a club with plenty of experience in Europa and they made it to the first knockout round of the Europa League in 2016/17. They didn’t manage to qualify for the group stage last season with their first qualifying fixture tipped against a strong Red Star Belgrade.
Sparta Prague vs Spartak Subotica Head-to-head
The teams haven’t met prior to the first leg clash in Serbia last week.
Sparta Prague vs Spartak Subotica Prediction
Subotica grabbed a well-deserved 2-0 win in the first leg against the experienced Sparta Prague.
This left Sparta Prague without a win in 6 Europa League games, out of which 5 are defeats.
Sparta Prague had never come back and won a doubled legged tie on aggregate in the qualifiers after losing the first leg.
On the other hand, Subotica lost to Dnipro after taking a first leg home win in their only previous appearance at the tournament.
Sparta Prague vs Spartak Subotica Betting Tips
Subotica +2.5 Asian Handicap for 1.52 odd
Under 3.5 match goals for 1.40 odd.