It’s a rare occasion when I am confident of Slavia Praha getting a result. But this weekend is different, for a multitude of reasons. Slavia hit Brno for FIVE last week, yes, FIVE GOALS! We should have seen it coming, given it was the start of five consecutive days of Gambrinus Liga and it was the fifth round.
Slavia’s first win of the campaign will keep the natives, myself included, happy for a week or two yet. Slavia will travel to Liberec on Sunday without any fear or expectation for that matter. As their hosts and defending champions will be saddled with pressure to get a result after crashing out of the Europa League qualifiers.
Just weeks ago Slovan Liberec were bidding to dine at Europe’s top table, dreaming of rubbing shoulders with Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, after successive defeats to CFR Cluj and Dnipro, the Czech champions will be left peering through the European window whilst their domestic rivals, Sparta and Viktoria Plzen will be enjoying the party.
The manner of last night’s defeat in Ukraine will have left an emotional and physical scar on the Liberec players. Jan Nezmar was sent off after just 25 minutes, leaving his side to scrap and battle a man down for the bulk of the game.
Nonetheless, Liberec almost took the game into extra time after hauling themselves back to 2-2. But tired and weary legs were unable to prevent Dnipro from running out 4-2 winners. Beset with injuries and low on confidence Liberec are there for the taking.
You can back Slavia at very tasty price of 4.00 with fortuna to win the game in Liberec. A nice little side bet is Karol Kisel to score anytime at 3.8. The evergreen midfielder is proving lethal in front of goal leading the scoring charts with 5 goals.
Elsewhere, I am very confident of Mlada Boleslav smashing Jihlava, should be a home banker at 1.70. Slovácko can also follow up their VERY PLEASING victory last week by travelling to Pribram and condemning the hosts to more misery. Příbram were stunned by Kraluv Dvur in the Czech Cup on Tuesday and remain winless in the league.
Arguably the finest game of the weekend will be on Sunday evening when Dukla Praha take on Viktoria Plzen. A game I am very much looking forward to, there is nothing finer than the Juliska stadion, a few beers and watching two of the best footballing sides in the Czech Republic.
I just hope the weather will be kinder than it is today.