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The Europa Conference League has reached the knockout stages for the first time with the teams who finished second in their group and the teams who have dropped into the competition from the Europa League facing off for the chance for qualify for the competitions next stage. The first knockout round has bought an interesting matchup between two evenly matched teams as Sparta Prague face off against Partizan Belgrade. Both sides will be seeing this as an ideal opportunity to advance to the next round of the competition.
The matchup has thrown up Sparta who are third in the Czech Premier League against current Serbian League leaders Partizan Belgrade. Considering the lofty positions both sides find themselves in, it isn’t a surprise to see that both of these teams head into this contest in pretty decent form. Sparta Prague have lost just one of their last eleven matches whilst Partizan have lost just two of their last eleven. Sparta Prague are in the Conference League courtesy of coming third in their Europa League group – a group which contained both Rangers and Lyon. Sparta would have been disappointed with how they fared in the Europa League considering their European pedigree in recent seasons but they will be eyeing a deep run in the Conference League’s inaugural edition and could be dark horses. Sparta have failed to win just one of their last eight competitive home games, and are currently priced at evens to record a home victory in the first leg here. We think that represents a bit of value against a Partisan side who have lost two of their last three away.
Half time score
In this battle of Eastern European giants, this game has all the hallmarks of being a potentially tight and cagey affair. With both sides in pretty similar form it could be that the first half of this match sees both sides cancel each other out before the game starts to open up. Neither side will want to concede an early goal and we think that backing the game to be a draw at half time could be worth a shout. Odds of 11/10 could represent a little bit of value.
Both teams to score
With away goals no longer a feature of these European matches it will be interesting to see how both teams approach the game. Both sides know how to find the back of the net with Sparta being the Czech league’s second highest scorers and Partizan the highest scorers in the Serbian League. Both teams should be able to carve out the chances and backing both teams to score at 4/5 seems a good play here.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Where is the venue for this fixture?
This game will be played at the home of Sparta at the Generali Ceska Pojistovna Arena.
What is the recent head to head between the sides?
This would be the first time that these sides would have faced off against each other.
What is the kick-off time for Sparta Prague vs Partizan Belgrade?
The match will start at 20:00 GMT on the 17th February.
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