Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Seeing that Sparta Prague suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Spartak Subotica in the first leg of the Europa League second qualifying round, the Czechs have no other choice but to go all-out attack in Thursday’s football match. Sparta Prague failed to turn their dominance into goals in the first leg, with the team having 23 goal attempts in the 2-0 defeat at Karadjordje stadium. The Czechs are likely to leave their hearts on the field in the return leg and we predict that they are going to record a win over the Serbian side at their Treinkove hriste Letna. Spartak Subotica are on the verge of making history, but seeing that Sparta are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we are tempted to put our money on Pavel Hapal’s troops. A man to watch in the home team will be former Crvena Zvezda midfielder Kanga, who is capable of scoring beautiful goals from long-range.
Highlighted Player (Tal Ben Haim):
Tal Ben Haim is an experienced football player who is a product of Maccabi Tel Aviv youth school. He made 85 league appearances for Maccabi at senior level and in 2004 he moved to England, signing a three-year contract with Bolton Wanderers.
Ben Haim scored one goal in 88 league games for the English outfit and in 2007 he moved to Chelsea. After making just 13 league appearances for the Blues in the 2007/2008 season, he moved to Manchester City in the summer of 2008 for a fee of £5 million.
He made his Man City debut (league) against in a 4-2 loss to Aston Villa on 17 August, 2008. During his spell at the “island” he played for the likes of Sunderland, Portsmouth, West Ham and QPR as well and in 2013 he moved to Belgium, signing a deal with Standard Liege. At the end of the 2013/2014 season The Israeli defender returned to England as he signed a deal with Charlton Athletic. Ben Haim re-joined his hometown club Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.
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.