Our football match prediction:
Slavia Prague failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, but they kicked off their Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Czech champions aim to build on the triumph, but Thursday’s football match against Astana will be anything but a walk in the park for the visitors. Tomas Necid scored the winner against Maccabi and the 28-year-old attacker will be the man to watch in the away team. Despite producing a fine display in their Europa League opener against Villarreal, the Kazakhs eventually suffered a 3-1 loss to the La Liga side at Estadio de la Ceramica. Astana, though, produce much better displays in front of home fans and we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match against Slavia Prague. It has to be noted that Stanimir Stoilov’s men are undefeated in previous four home games in the Europa League.
Highlighted Player (Dmitri Shomko):
Born in Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan on March 19, 1990 Dmitri Andreievich Shomko is a defender who plays for Astana. Shomko is a product of his home-town club Ekibastuzets, but he started his senior career at Batyr Ekibastuz. As expected, the 182-cm tall footballer returned to his boyhood club and it has to be noted that he made nine appearances in the league for Ekibastuzets. Dmitri Shomko then moved to Irtysh Pavlodar and he played for the Kazak club from 2009 to 2014. In 2011 he was sent on loan to Astana and three years later he signed a permanent deal with the Blue and Yellows. His main position is left-back, but he is used as a left midfielder as well. Over the years Shomko has established himself as a first-team regular at Kazakhstan national football team and he made his debut for the Hawks on February 2, 2011 in a 1-1 draw with Belarus. Shomko came as a substitute for Nurgaliev in the 85th minute of the match. He has 17 caps for the U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Slavia Prague):
Slavia Prague are 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.