Our football match prediction:
Zlin have been struggling in all competitions this season. Bohumil Panik’s men have yet to record a win in the Europa League this term and their performances in the Czech Liga leave a lot to be desired as well. The Czech club failed to score in four of their five group games in the Europa League and it is no surprise they are seen as underdogs in Thursday’s football match against Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russian club, on the other hand, are one point away from clinching their spot in the last 32 and we predict that they will fight tooth and nail against Zlin in their last match of the process. Jefferson Farfan scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Copenhagen and all eyes will be on the Peru international when the two teams face each other at Andruv Stadion. Lokomotiv Moscow deserve to advance to the knockout stages and they are likely to get their job done in Thursday’s clash against the Czechs.
Highlighted Player (Stanislav Dostal):
Stanislav Dostal is a Czech goalkeeper who plays for FC Zlin. Dostal was born in on June 20, 1991 in Czechoslovakia and he is a product of Zlin football academy. The 186-cm tall shot-stopper made his Czech First League debut in November 2008 against Olomuc, but he has yet to earn a call-up for the Czech national football team. Stanislav Dostal, though, has six caps for the U18 team and it has to be noted that he played one match for Czech Republic U19 as well. The goalkeeper made 24 appearances for Zlin in the 2017/2017 Czech First League campaign, conceding 24 goals in the process, while keeping eight clean sheets. Nonetheless, his most successful season was the 2014/2015 campaign as he managed to keep no less than 11 clean sheets in 26 appearances in the league for FC Zlin. Stanislav Dostal is likely to play for Zlin in the 2017/2018 Europa League campaign where the Czech club will face the likes of Sheriff Tiraspol, Lokomotiv Moscow and Copenhagen.
Highlighted Team (Lokomotiv Moscow):
Founded in 1922 as Kazanka, Lokomotiv Moscow are a Russian football club that play their home games at RZD Arena. The stadium was opened in July 2002 and the capacity of the venue is 27.320. Lokomotiv won their first Russian Premier League trophy in 2002, with the team finishing the season just above their local rivals CSKA Moscow. The two teams were level on points (66), but thanks to a better head-to-head record Lokomotiv eventually lifted the trophy. Two years later (2004) the capital club repeated the success and once again CSKA Moscow finished second, only one point behind the Krasno-zelyonyye (Red-Greens). Lokomotiv Moscow have always been attracting high-profile footballers and it has to be noted that the likes of Felipe Caicedo, Peter Odemwingie, Branislav Ivanovic, Igor Denisov, Dmitri Torbinski, Vedran Corluka, Emir Spahic, Lassana Diarra and Jan Durica played for the club in the past. Lokomotiv play their home games in green shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.