Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Sparta Prague and Rangers take on each other at Generali Ceska pojistovna Arena on Thursday evening. Sparta rolled over Zlin 5-2 in their last league match, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of the visit of Rangers. However, home win should not be considered as all Dockal, Hojer, Holec, Krejci, Polidar, and Pulkrab are out of contention with injuries.
The Gers, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 2-0 loss to Lyon, but they are surely capable of matching Sparta in Prague. Steven Gerrard’s troops did well to beat Dundee thanks to Aribo’s goal at the weekend, and seeing that the former Liverpool captain can count on key players for the Europa League showdown, we are tempted to put our money on the Scottish champions. All Helander, Jack, Kent, and Oforboh are injured for the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Michal Travnik):
Michal Travnik is a Czech Republic footballer who plays for Jablonec as a midfielder. Michal Travnik started his youth career at Slovacko and he continued playing for the Metstky fotbalovy stadion outfit at senior level.
After making 66 appearances for Slovacko, in which he scored five goals, Travnik moved to fellow Czech side Jablonec in 2015. The prolific midfielder quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Jablonec and he is likely to play an important role in the Czech team in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign.
Michal Travnik has 16 caps for Czech Republic U21 team and he made his debut for the senior team in a 1-0 win over Nigeria in June, 2018. The 175cm-tall footballer produces his best performances as a central midfielder, but he is equally good as a defensive midfielder. He has a contract with Jablonec which should expire on June 30, 2020. The player’s agents are GLOBAL SPORTS a.s.
Highlighted Team (Rangers):
Glasgow Rangers are one of the two synonyms for Scottish Football. Glasgow Rangers were founded back in 1872 and they have been playing an important role in the Scottish top flight ever since. The Gers won their 54th Scottish Premier League title in the 2010/2011 season, but winning of European Cup Winners’ Cup trophy in 1972 is considered the club’s biggest success.
Glasgow Rangers defeated Dynamo Moscow in the final of the competition, with the likes of Stein and Johnston (two goals) scoring for the Scottish side. Celtic are considered the club’s biggest rivals and there have always been fireworks when the two teams meet in the Old Firm derby. The likes of Paul Gascoigne, David Weir, Stefan Klos, Chris Boyd, Ian Durrant and Kenny Miller are some of Rangers’ former notable players.
It has to be noted that the Gers welcome their rivals at Ibrox Stadium, the venue with the capacity of 50,817. Rangers’ support is largely drawn from the Protestant Unionist community.