Week Three Review
It took Mlada Boleslav a few weeks to get the engines going but they are up and running after knocking four past Slovan Liberec. Jan Chramosta and Jiri Stajiner, inevitability, were among the scorers for Boleslav and they should follow up against Slovacko at the weekend.
Let’s not dwell on Slavia’s 3-2 defeat against Olomouc which I summed up here.
Viktoria Plzen look unstoppable as they pulled down Ostrava’s pants and gave them a good spanking. Four nil seems to be the par score for the champions at the moment, unless you’re from Estonia and then it’s 6-2.
Jihlava and Teplice made the shortlist last weekend but didn’t make it as a recommendation; however, they both won convincingly at home – excellent odds against prices too – perhaps I need to be a bit braver.
It looked like Sparta were going to drop points against Brno amid a stormy backdrop, but two late goals put some gloss on a 3-1 victory. I think it’s a significant victory, even at this stage of the season, their best hope of winning the league is by taking a early lead at the top and grinding Plzen into the dirt.
Week Four Preview
A couple of local derbies to get our teeth into this weekend as Dukla host Slavia in tonight’s live game while Bohemka make the short trip to Letna the following evening. Despite Bohemians 1905 picking up their first win (and clean sheet) of the season last week, normal service should be resumed and I like the price of 1.73 on Sparta -1.5 goals on the asian handicap.
Elswhere, Olomouc should follow up their win at Eden against Teplice and odds against price of 2.25 is excellent value. Sigma Olomouc really could have won by a bigger score line than 3-2 over Slavia and, like Bohemians, I wonder if Teplice have enough fight away from home – they failed to break down newly promoted Znojmo and Olomouc can condemn them to their first defeat of the season.
It was a grand week for Czech sides in Europe, especially Slovan Liberec and Jablonec who won away from home to reach the Europa League playoffs. It was a fantastic effort but I really want to oppose both sides this weekend.
Banik Ostrava can bring Jablonec back down to earth with a bump and the odds of 3.00 on offer looks far too big, however, Banik 0 on the asian handicap at 2.15 looks a safer bet (stakes are refunded if it’s a draw) . Martin Lukeš has looked in great form for Banik in the middle of the park and they won’t fear Jablonec at the Bazaly after making light work of Mlada Boleslav.
Could Jihlava upset Liberec? They are priced up at 6.0 and I am sorely tempted to recommend them. František Komňacký is a very shrewd coach and the host’s could be mentally and physically tired from their European exploits. Jihlava to score first is also a tempting 3.15 – both selections are worth bearing in mind.
Sparta Praha -1.5 to beat Bohemians 1905 at 1.73 with Bet 365 (asian handicap)
Banik Ostrava 0 to beat Jablonec at 2.15 with Bet 365 (asian handicap)
Sigma Olomouc to beat Teplice at 2.25 with Bet Victor