Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
There will be fireworks when Union Berlin and Slavia Prague face each other at Olympiastadion on Thursday evening. Union Berlin aim to build on a Bundesliga win over Leipzig, and, no doubt, they are brimming with confidence ahead of the Conference League decider. Since the Germans are one point behind Slavia in Group E, this has to go down as a must-win game for the home side. Experienced defender Christopher Trimmel should be recalled to the starting XI after serving his one-game ban in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Maccabi Haifa.
The Czechs, on the other hand, are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Thursday’s game as they are one point away from securing a top-two finish. Anyhow, an interesting encounter is on the cards in Berlin, and we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals. Slavia Prague midfielder Ondrej Lingr, who limped off with injury in a 1-0 win over Sigma Olomuc at the weekend, is unlikely to feature against Union Berlin.
Highlighted Player (Marvin Friedrich):
Marvin Friedrich is a product of FSC Guxhagen football school. The German footballer played for the likes of OSC Vellmar, Paderborn and Schalke during his youth career as well before making his senior debut with die Knappen.
Marvin Friedrich scored 4 goals in 30 appearances for Schalke B before he started playing for the senior team. The German defender made his Bundesliga debut on September 13, 2014 in a 4-1 loss to Borussia M’gladbach. Nowadays Friedrich plays for Union Berlin as he signed a permanent deal with the Bundesliga side on July 5, 2019. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of producing fine performances as both left and right back as well.
Friedrich’s contract with Union Berlin expires on June 30, 2022. The versatile defender has yet to make his debut with the Germany senior team, but he has four caps with Germany U20 and three with Germany U19 respectively.
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.