Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Brondby and Sparta Prague take on each other at Brondby Stadion in what is expected to be an interesting Europa League clash. The Danish champions failed to beat Salzburg in the Champions League playoffs, and they face yet another difficult task in Thursday’s game. Both Riveros and Wikstrom are likely to miss the Europa League opener with injuries. Sparta Prague, on the other hand, were beaten by Monaco in the Champions League playoffs.
The Czechs continue with their habit of producing much better showings at home than on the travels, which is the main reason why we are tempted to put our money on draw. All Celustka, Dockal, Hojer, and Julis are sidelined with injuries, while Krejci is rated doubtful for the match following his positive test for coronavirus. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before in a competitive match.
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 (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.