17:00 GMT 21 July 2018
The Sparta Prague vs. Opava match will be played on Saturday, July 21, at the Generali Arena, Prague. This is the first round match of the Czech first league. In the previous season, Sparta Prague finished 5th with 55 points, while Opava was first in the Czech second league with five points advantage over their nearest competitor.
In their previous ten meetings, Sparta recorded eight victories, Opava had only one win, while one match ended in a draw. Their last match was played in 2005 when Opava was relegated from the Czech top tier, and they failed to return for 13 years.
Sparta Prague is one of the biggest Czech clubs and they always have the highest ambitions at the start of the season. Last season they finished 5th, which was regarded as a huge failure. Andrea Stramaccioni was sacked in March, despite spending big on new, mostly foreign players. Sparta improved slightly under new manager Pavel Hapal, but they didn't fulfill their goals at the end of the season. Hapal will be under immense pressure to at least fight for the title in the upcoming season, and they must start the season with the victory against Opava.
Latest matches: Sparta Prague
|06.07.2018||Club||SK Dynamo Ceske Budejovice||Sparta Prague||2:1||L|
|03.07.2018||Club||Sparta Prague||Celtic FC||0:1||L|
|27.06.2018||Club||Sparta Prague||MFK Ruzomberok||0:0||D|
|26.05.2018||1. L||Bohemians 1905||Sparta Prague||0:0||D|
|19.05.2018||1. L||Sparta Prague||SK Sigma Olomouc||1:0||W|
Opava returned to the top tier of Czech football after 13 years and their only goal is to avoid the relegation. In the first match against Sparta, Opava would be delighted with a point, so we expect their ultra-defensive setup at the start of the season.
Latest matches: SFC Opava
|14.07.2018||Club||MFK Skalica||SFC Opava||2:0||L|
|05.07.2018||Club||KS Gornik Zabrze||SFC Opava||2:1||L|
|30.06.2018||Club||SFC Opava||OKS Odra Opole||3:2||W|
|26.06.2018||Club||SFC Opava||FC Nitra||2:3||L|
|25.05.2018||FNL||SFC Opava||Fotbal Frydek Mistek||7:0||W|
Sparta is the absolute favorite in the upcoming game and everything except their victory would be a surprise.
21 July 2018 - 17:00 GMT
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