Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
De Kuip will host Thursday’s Conference League between Feyenoord and Slavia Prague. Feyenoord aim to build on a 2-0 win over Willem II, but this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the Eredivisie outfit. The likes of Bijlow, Geertruida, Sandler, and Toornstra should miss out with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. Slavia Prague, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Plzen.
The Czechs set up a meeting with Feyenoord by beating LASK in the double-header, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against De Trots van Zuid. A close encounter is on the horizon in Rotterdam, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. Maksym Talovierov is back from a domestic ban, while all Sevcik, Samek, Masopust, Krmencik, and Boril are sidelined with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Alireza Jahanbakhsh):
Born in Jirandeh, Iran on August 11 1990, Alireza Jahanbakhsh is a footballer who plays for AZ Alkmaar in Holland. Before AZ, Jahanbakhsh played for NEC in the Eredivisie, but he began his youth career at Payam Alborz Qazvin. Speaking of his senior debut, he made it with Damash Tehran in the 2010/2011 season.
In 2011 he moved to fellow Iranian club Damash Gilan and it has to be noted that he scored 10 goals in 44 appearances in the league for the club. The AZ Alkmaar winger, who is used as an attacking midfielder as well, scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in the Eredivisie in the 2017/2018 season. Speaking of his international career, Alireza JahanBakhsh scored two goals for Iran on the road to Russia and he will represent his homeland at the 2018 FIFA world cup finals.
Due to his style of play, Jahanbakhsh has always been compared to legendary Iranian footballer Mehdi Mahdavikia.
Highlighted Team (Slavia Prague):
Slavia Prague is considered one of the most famous teams in Czech Republic. The Cervenobili won the Czechoslovak First League on 13 occasions and they lifted their fourth Czech First League in 2017. Despite winning the domestic trophy in the 2016/2017 season, Slavia Prague eventually failed to book their place in the Champions League group stages as they were beaten by APOEL of Cyprus in the play-offs. Sparta Prague are regarded as Slavia’s fiercest rivals and the two teams face each other in the Prague derby.
The club was founded on November 2, 1892 and it has to be noted that the club was initially focused on cycling. In March 1896 Slavia Prague recorded their first ever victory, with the team beating AC Prague 5-0. The Cervenobili play their home games at Eden Arena and the capacity of the venue is 19.084 (football). Slavia Prague are well known for their red and white shirts and white shorts.