Our football match prediction:
Sparta Prague and Southampton face each other at Generali Arena in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program. Sparta are on a five-match winning run at home in all competitions, but beating the star-studded Premier League team is easier said than done. Both teams are on the right track to book their place in the Europa League knockout stages and we predict that both sides will adopt a cautious approach in the Generali Arena showdown. Southampton have been impressive at the back this season and it has to be noted that they head into Thursday’s clash following a goalless draw with Liverpool. The Saints are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence against Sparta Prague and we would not be surprised if the two teams play out a goalless draw in the Group K derby. Southampton recorded a 3-0 win over Sparta at St. Mary’s Stadium earlier in the process, but it is well known that the Czech outfit are tough to beat at home.
Highlighted Player (Steven Davis):
Born in Ballymena on 1 January 1985, Steven Davis is probably the most famous Northern Irish footballer of the 21st century, and he was one of team’s youngest ever captains, having been awarded the armband just over a year after making his debut for the national team. The combative midfielder has spent his entire career up to date in the UK, enjoying successful spells with Aston Villa, Fulham, Rangers and Southampton, while representing the country of his birth at various youth levels before getting a chance to shine at the biggest stage. Davis soon established himself as a leader of the Northern Ireland football team, missing just a handful of competitive fixtures since making his debut in 2005. The central midfielder scored 2 goals to help the national team finally secure their place at a major tournament, with an impressive Euro 2016 qualifying campaign likely to remain fresh in the minds of both the players and fans alike in years to come.
Highlighted Team (Southampton):
Southampton are an English football club that have been playing their home games at St. Mary’s Stadium since 2001. The Saints were based at The Dell in the past and the capacity of Southampton’s new stadium is 32,505. Southampton wear red and white striped shirts and the colour of the team’s away kit is navy and green. The Saints have yet to win the Premier League trophy, but they did well to clinch the FA Cup title back in 1976, while participating in the final of the prestigious competition in 1900, 1902 and 2003. Southampton outplayed Manchester United in the 1976 FA Cup final and that is probably the club’s greatest victory ever. The club are well known for their football academy and Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale is one of the players who began their football carrier at the St. Mary’s Stadium outfit. Southampton’s fiercest rivals are Portsmouth and the two teams square off against each other in the South Coast Derby.