Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Monaco will be looking to kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign in style when they take on Sparta Prague in the Czech capital on Tuesday evening. The Ligue 1 outfit were having their ups and downs in pre-season, but they are still seen as favourites to win the first leg. Big-money signing Ismail Jakobs is likely to make his Monaco debut in a competitive match against Sparta, while Montenegro international Stevan Jovetic is no longer part of the team.
A man to watch in the away team will be top scorer Wissam Ben Yedder. Sparta, on the other hand, did well to overcome a one-goal deficit in the tie against Rapid Vienna. Even though the Czech vice-champions are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on Monaco, who did well to keep hold of key players in the summer transfer window.
Highlighted Player (Michal Travnik):
Michal Travnik is a Czech Republic footballer who plays for Jablonec as a midfielder. Michal Travnik started his youth career at Slovacko and he continued playing for the Metstky fotbalovy stadion outfit at senior level.
After making 66 appearances for Slovacko, in which he scored five goals, Travnik moved to fellow Czech side Jablonec in 2015. The prolific midfielder quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Jablonec and he is likely to play an important role in the Czech team in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign.
Michal Travnik has 16 caps for Czech Republic U21 team and he made his debut for the senior team in a 1-0 win over Nigeria in June, 2018. The 175cm-tall footballer produces his best performances as a central midfielder, but he is equally good as a defensive midfielder. He has a contract with Jablonec which should expire on June 30, 2020. The player’s agents are GLOBAL SPORTS a.s.
Highlighted Team (Monaco):
Though based in Monaco, Les Rouges et Blances – as they are commonly referred to – play their games in the French football league system. Members of the top tier Ligue 1, Monaco play their home matches at the Stade Louis II in Fontvieille in front of 18,500 people. The Principality club boasts a turbulent history, which saw Monaco reach the highest heights of both domestic and international scene, but also get relegated to the amateur leagues at the very beginnings and to Ligue 2 in 2010-11 season.
The following year AS Monaco were acquired by the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, whose heavy investments turned the Principality club into one of the biggest spenders in Europe in 2013 and reestablishing its place among Europe’s top clubs.
AS Monaco have had notable European results in the modern football era having been runners-up in the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1992 and the UEFA Champions League in 2004. One of the most successful clubs in France AS Monaco have so far won seven league titles and five Coupe de France trophies.