Our football match prediction:
Eden Arena in Prague will host Thursday’s football match between Slavia Prague and Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Czech side were more than unfortunate not to eliminate APOEL in the Champions League play-off round, but, no doubt, they will take upcoming Europa League games very seriously. Slavia Prague rolled over Mlada Boleslav (4-0) in their last home game in the national championship and that is certainly giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Israeli side booked their place in the group stages of the Europa League thanks to a win over Rheindorf Altach in the two-legged tie, but Slavia Prague are likely to pose a much bigger threat for Maccabi than their previous rivals. The two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions and, taking everything into account, the hosts are closer to picking up all three points from the match than the visitors.
Highligted Player (Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui):
Michael Ngadeu Ngadjui is a Cameroon international who plays for Slavia Prague as a defender. Ngadjui started his career at the youth team of Diables Rouges Maroua and in 2007 he moved to Canon Yaounde. The 190-cm tall footballer continued playing for Diables Rouges Maroua at senior level and in 2010 he joined German lower-league side Kirchhorder SC. At the end of the 2010/2011 he moved to fellow German club SV Sandhausen II and in 2012 he signed a contract with Nurnberg. After making 54 appearances for the reserve team he moved to Romania, signing a deal with Botosani. Michal Ngadeu Ngadjui scored seven goals in 53 league games for the Romanian side before joining Slavia Prague in 2016. The Cameroonian footballer, who was born in Bafang on November 23, 1990, won the national championship with Slavia Prague in the 2016/2017, but the capital club eventually failed to make it to the Champions League group stages. His main position is centre back, but he is used as a defensive midfielder as well.
Highlighted Team (Maccabi Tel Aviv):
Maccabi Tel Aviv are the oldest and probably the biggest clubs in Israel. The club was founded in 1906 and they have been playing an important role in the Israeli League ever since. In 2015 Maccabi won their 21st trophy in the national championship and the same season they clinched their 23rd Israeli Cup title. The club’s fiercest rivals are Hapoel Tel-Aviv and they welcome their opponents at Netanya Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 13 610. The likes of Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa are considered Maccabi Tel Aviv’s bitter rivals as well. In 1969 the club won the AFC Champions League and they repeated the success two years later, beating Aliyat Al-Shorta in the final. The likes of Jordi Cruyff, Paulo Sousa, Rade Prica, Moanes Dabour and Vincent Enyeama are the high-profile footballers who were part of the team in the past. The colour of Maccabi’s home kit is yellow and blue.