In one of the first 4 matches of the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League, which will be held this Thursday, will meet the Czech “Sparta Prague” and Turkish “Trabzonspor”. For both teams this is the first game in the selection for the competition of the new season.
The winner of both meetings will play in the final round of qualifiers, the playoffs, against the Romanian “U Craiova” or the Greek AEK, while the losing team this season will hold no European performance.
- Sparta Prague
- The coefficients and forecast
The Czech team took 3rd place in the First division last season, so began the performance in the Europa League from the 3rd qualifying round, whereas teams with higher positions in the League team travelled to the UEFA Champions League.
Unlike his opponent, the most decorated team of the Czech Republic has already started the new season and has played 4 matches in the First League. Progress is being made: after an away defeat in the first round, “Sparta Prague” won in his field played a draw away, making it a 4 place in the standings.
But this time, not the fact that the walls of your home will help “Iron Sparta”. UEFA punished the club for racist behaviour of its fans in the away match against Serbia “Subotica” last year, so support the home team in an important match against “Trabzonspor” in the stands, no one will.
This can cause uncertainty for the “red” that you missed in 5 of the previous 7 games of the first, if not unbeaten in 3 matches before this Thursday. Besides, a lot of injured players that the good result in the first European Cup match hardly helps.
Last season the Turkish team took 4th place in the Superleague of their country, thanks to what turned out to be in the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League. As a rival, she played in the European Cup next season. Moreover, it is not the beginning of the season.
After completion of the previous season, Trabzonspor spent a few friendlies, including against Hoffenheim and Parma teams, which may be compared to a hotel. All 4 friendlies ended in a draw.
Including these draws, “Burgundy-blue” has not lost none of their previous 15 matches and 9 of last 10 matches and has scored, and missed.
In addition, in the last 3 games against Hoffenheim, “Parma” and “Verona” — the team from Trabzon couldn’t keep the goal safe, and in 6 of 8 confrontations until this week was no less than 3 goals.
The coefficients and forecast
Despite the empty stands, the hosts are favourites to win:
2.1–2.3: victory “Sparta Prague”;
3.2–3.5: victory “Trabzonspor”.
However, the chances to enter the playoffs more guests:
2.2–2.3: the passage of “Sparta”;
1.6–1.7: the passage of the “Trabzonspor”.
If anyone has the opportunity to use the problems, “Sparta”, it’s “Trabzonspor”. However not the fact that he will go home a winner, but to score and miss, as it often does in Prague is quite capable.