Ironically, round five of the Gambrinus Liga is spread over five days, I often notice these coincidences, which suggests I should stick with accounting or get out more.
Brno will travel to the capital to play Slavia on Thursday evening and Jablonec vs. Sparta will wrap things up on Monday evening – serving up five consecutive days of Czech footie – for those who like that kind of thing.
Whilst the random fixture generator hasn’t been so kind to Sparta (away to Jablonec), the TV ‘pin-picking’ device has ensured that Sparta will play on Monday – giving them an extra days recovery after a tough trip to Rotterdam.
But, from a punting perspective there is one match that stands out for me.
Slovácko vs. Teplice
Hardly the kind of fixture to set the pulses racing. Slovácko are win less in four games and their opponents haven’t scored in 225 minutes of football, yet I sense an opportunity.
Slovácko have announced the appointment of Svatopluk Habanec (above) as coach and I expect them to build on their recent 2-2 with Dukla Praha. I was in attendance last week at Dukla and was impressed with their second half performance; they showed good character to come back from 2-0 down, scoring two well taken goals.
Habanec, a former Teplice coach himself, will know exactly what to expect when his first opponents roll into town. “I’m not afraid to say that it is an advantage that I know Teplice very well and this year I saw them play a few times. I hope that the three points will remain here in Hradiště.” he said
The ‘new manager factor’ usually sees an immediate spike in results and they won’t get a better chance to register their first win of the campaign against a goal shy Teplice. You can back Slovácko at a rather generous price of 2.51 with fortuna. Definitely worth a little nibble.
Elsewhere, the defending champions, Slovan Liberec, are already showing signs of cracking under pressure. They drew 1-1 at home to Jihlava last week despite throwing the kitchen sink at the newly promoted side and were unlucky not to win.
This weekend they travel to České Budějovice and I was surprised to see the champions priced at 2.25 – a very fair price indeed. Liberec play Dnipro at home tomorrow night (Thursday) in the UEL qualifiers, so I would wait for the team news/injuries after this game.
However, should Liberec beat Dnipro and report a clean bill of health, I would definitely snap up the 2.25 on offer to beat České Budějovice on Sunday. Confidence will be high and because, well, it’s against České Budějovice and the not-so-inform Tomás Repka.