Week Four Review
Well, we had a very poor and rather unfortunate time last weekend. Olomouc were leading Teplice 1-0 until Varadi was sent off and the game finished 2-2. Sparta edged past a plucky Bohemians 1905 side 2-1 in the pouring rain after trailing the first half 1-0 and finally, our misery was complete when Banik were walloped 4-0 by Jablonec. Shocker of a performance from Banik.
Nevertheless, we are now four games in and the league/form table is beginning to resemble some kind of normality.
Slavia, hurrah, picked up their first three points of the season at Dukla. Karol Kisel was again the saviour in a one nil win but the acid test comes when they face Teplice at home on Monday evening, will they slump again at Eden?
Plzen edged past Znojmo 1-0 courtesy of a Vladimir Darida goal, they looked comfortable enough without needing to get out of first gear – perhaps saving some energy for the visit of Sparta.
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Olomouc make the shortlist again this week, but now I am opposing them. They travel to Mlada Boleslav, who are in my opinion most likely to finish in third position behind Sparta and Plzen, and you can back the home side at Evens for victory. Boleslav have back-to-back victories in the league (4-0 v Liberec and 2-0 v Slovacko) and they say good things come in threes! Here is a piece I wrote on Boleslav and their summer recruitment.
The Gambrinus Liga this weekend will be dominated by the Viktoria Plzeň v Sparta Praha game at the Doosan on Saturday evening. Sparta have signed Tomáš Ujfaluši and Bořek Dočkal in the last week, both impressive signings in their own right but their squad, that only have domestic duties to worry about, now has a bloated feel about it.
Whereas the key to Viktoria Plzeň’s success has been the continuity and stability Pavel Vrba has created, they retain the services of the best players and add to it, when needed, with the decisiveness of a Swiss watchmaker. The champions have won their last seven games in a row scoring 28 goals and I anticipate a packed out Doosan Arena to witness a narrow Plzeň victory.
The rivalry between these two sides reminds of the early Chelsea v Man Utd rivalries, games are won by the narrowest of margins and home advantage can swing this in favour of Plzeň.
Mlada Boleslav to beat Sigma Olomouc at 2.00 with SportingBet
Viktoria Plzeň to beat Sparta Praha at 2.05 with BetVictor