Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague:
Champions League Qualifiers.
Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016,
Kick-Off: 18:45 UK
Venue: National Arena (Bucharest).
Romanian outfit Steaua Bucharest will sit home to host Czech Republic giants Sparta Prague in Champions League third qualifying round return leg on Wednesday. The first leg fixture ended in a 1-1 draw and both teams go in with equal chances to qualify for the play-offs.
Steaua Bucharest are looking to add European campaign to their domestic competitions to build on their well-known Champions League history as the new Liga 1 season have started with just two games played.
Sparta Prague are one of the most successful club in Czech Republic want to make a mark for themselves in this season’s Champions League competition as they seek to salvage points to make it happen.
Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague: Head-to-Head Stats
This is the third outing for both sides since 2015 in all competitions and Steaua Bucharest have emerged as victors in one game and the latest two being draws.
The only previous meeting between these two sides is during the two legged clash of the 88/89 European Champions Clubs’ Cup. Steaua won the first leg by a massive 5-1 margin and draws the second leg at Prague 2-2.
The 5-1 win of Steaua against Sparta on 1998 is their only win against a Czech side from 7 meetings, while they draw 4 and lost 2. The three home matches against Czech oppositions were draws.
Sparta’s record against Romanian teams from 7 matches is 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. While playing in Romania won 1 or the 3 games, while drawn and lost 1.
Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague: Prediction
Steaua Bucharest are enjoying a good run in last five matches with no defeat, winning four games on the trot before a 1-1 draw away to Sparta Prague. They have scored 11 and concede five goals in all competitions.
While Sparta Prague’s last five games have been poor as compared to their upcoming opponent. They picked just a win along with two draws and two lost, only five points from possible nine with one clean sheet.
Steaua Bucharest’s form in their recent games looks very impressive and hard to throw in the towel. They were down by first half before bouncing back strongly to get an equaliser at away in first round so they currently hold an away goal which can qualify them.
Sparta Prague must also fight toe-to-toe to win the game but their record in last five games is poor and have allowed more into their net than they have scored meaning they had conceded a lot of goals before coming to this game to Steaua Bucharest who are far of better in terms of scoring ability. Steaua have 11 goals and lowed jut five in last five games, per the stats given above I would not be surprise if Steaua qualify ahead of Prague.
Predicted Score line: Steaua Bucharest 3-1 Sparta Prague.
Steaua Bucharest vs Sparta Prague: Tips
Steaua Bucharest to win
Over 2.5 goals
Over 0.5 goals – First Half