Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Thanks to a goalless draw with Hoffenheim, Crvena Zvezda booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages. Dejan Stankovic’s troops have already got their job done, but they surely want to collect three more points to help Serbian Superliga improve their coefficient. Aleksandar Katai remains in the recovery room, but full-back Milan Rodic should recover in time to face Liberec.
Dejan Stankovic rested several first-team regulars in a 1-0 win over Zlatibor Cajetina at the weekend, but he should field the best possible side against Liberec. The Czech outfit aim to build on a hard-fought 2-1 win over Gent, but seeing that they head into Thursday’s clash with the lack of motivation, we are tempted to put our money on the Serbian champions. When the two teams met in Belgrade earlier in the process Zvezda crushed Liberec 5-1, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Filip Nguyen):
Filip Nguyen is a 190-cm tall Czech goalkeeper who plays for Slovan Liberec. Nguyen is a product of the Loko Vltavin football school, but in 2012 he joined famous Czech club Sparta Prague. As he did not see any game action with the capital club, the towering shot-stopper played for the likes of Novy Bydzov and Vlasim before joining Liberec.
Filip Nguyen has quickly established himself as a first-team regular with the Modrobili, making 26 appearances in the 2018/19 Czech First League campaign. Nguyen, who is of Vietnamese descent, was supposed to represent their national team in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but he eventually received a call-up for the Czech Republic national team.
However, he did not make his debut on September 4, 2020 against Slovakia as the entire Czech squad was tested positive for coronavirus. Nguyen’s preferred foot is right and he wears the No. 1 shirt at Liberec.
Highlighted Team (Crvena Zvezda):
Crvena Zvezda are the most famous club in Balkans. The Crveno-beli have 19 Yugoslav First League titles and have won eight domestic trophies since the breakup of Yugoslavia. Crvena Zvezda won their last league title in the 2015/2016 season, with the team finishing the campaign no less than 28 points clear of Partizan.
Speaking of Partizan, the Crno-beli are considered Crvena Zvezda’s bitterest rivals and the two teams meet in the “Eternal derby” (Veciti derbi). The capital club did well to win the European Cup title in 1991, with the team beating Olympique Marseile on penalties in the title game. That is considered the club’s biggest success, but it has to be noted that the Serbian club won the International Cup later in 1991. Crvena Zvezda outclassed Colo Colo of Chile (3-0) at National Stadium in Tokyo.
The likes of Dejan Savicevic, Vladimir Jugovic, Dragan Stojkovic, Dragoslav Sekularac, Rajko Mitic, Dusan Savic, Nemanja Vidic and Dejan Stankovic are some of the famous footballers who played for Crvena Zvezda in the past.