Our prediction for this Champions League match:
A spot in the Champions League final qualifying round will be at stake when Sparta Prague and Copenhagen go head to head at epet ARENA on Tuesday evening. Sparta have been scoring goals for fun in the national championship of late, with the team rolling over Pardubice 5-2 and Jablonec 5-1, but yet another close encounter is on the cards in the elite competition. Denmark defender Casper Hojer should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Danes, on the other hand, failed to turn their dominance into victory in the first leg (0-0). Anyhow, Copenhagen and Sparta Prague seem to be evenly matched at the moment and we are tempted to put our money on draw. As for the away side, all Khocholava, Cornelius, Babacar, and Amoo have been struggling with injuries of late, while summer signing Mohamed Elyounoussi returns to the starting XI.
Highlighted Player (Lukas Lerager):
Lukas Lerager is a Denmark international who plays for Ligue 1 side Bordeaux as a midfielder. Lerager began his senior career at AB Copenhagen and he made 48 appearances in the league for the capital club from 2010 to 2013. In 2013 he signed for a fellow Danish side Viborg and, after playing 67 league games for the Greens, he joined Belgian team Zulte Waregem.
In the summer of 2017 Lukas Lerager moved to Ligue 1 side Bordeaux, signing a four-year deal with les Girondins. Speaking of his international career, the right-footed midfielder has one cap for Denmark U21 team and he made his senior debut for the Denmark national team on June 6, 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Germany.
Lerager came as a substitute in the 65th minute of the match, replacing Tottenham Hotspur ace Christian Eriksen. His main position is central midfielder, but he is often used as a left or right midfielder.
Highlighted Team (Sparta Prague):
Established in 1893, Sparta Prague is one of Europe’s oldest clubs and the most successful side in Czech Republic, having won no fewer than 36 league titles and 27 Czech Cup trophies. The club play their games at the Generali Arena in Prague and hold a long-lasting rivalry with Slavia Prague.
Sparta Prague enjoyed their Golden Years in the 1960’s, when average attendance was nearly 40,000 and players like Jiri Tichy, Andrej Kvasnak and Vaclav Masek entertained the crowds week in week out. Rudi largely impressed in the maiden Champions League campaign during the 1991/92 season as they finished second in the semi-final group, meaning they were among top 4 European sides at the moment.
Nevertheless, Sparta Prague have enjoyed little to no success on the European stage since, reaching the Champions League knockout stages on just one occasion, with their latest major coup the return of prodigal son Tomas Rosicky from Arsenal.