Slavia Prague vs Genk Europa League Predictions

Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt
Europa League Slavia Praha vs Genk
Slavia Prague vs Genk Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 0-0.

The first legs of the Europa League games are played this week although there is little pick from between these two evenly matched sides as Belgian club Genk travel across Europe to face Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic

Predictions

With very few world renowned players on either side, the attention of the Europa League may not be focused on this game but that doesn’t mean that the two sides, who look like two very equal teams, cannot put on a highly competitive match.

The hosts go into this game top of the Czech Fortuna Liga, six points clear of nearest challengers Plzen, so they’re quite clearly no pushovers which was also demonstrated during their group stage run in this tournament.

With Genk getting through their group while only losing one game compared to Slavia’s two, they would probably be considered favourites regardless of domestic positions.

Genk’s Europa League group was certainly not an easy one with the Belgian club having to fend off Malmo, Besiktas and Sarpsborg in order to get through to the knockout stages.

As for the Slavia, they managed to get through perhaps the toughest group of all with wins over Bordeaux, Copenhagen and Zenit St. Petersburg.

One of the joys of this game is that one could argue that there aren’t any clear cut favourites in this one. Both sides have had massive results in the Europa League this season and both are excelling in their domestic leagues, so it’s really all up for grabs. 1-1 at full time isn’t out of the question.

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Betting Tips

Given the nature of this tie, it’s nigh on impossible to place your hand on your heart and predict a stone cold favourite, however it is highly likely that both teams will score, which is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action. 888sport have it as 4/5 so it may be a smarter bet to go with a BTTS, although you could try and be risky with an outright winner with both teams to score.

The odds for this game are skewed perhaps because of the unknown aspect of both teams but also perhaps because Genk are mainly remembered as being the team that knocked Tottenham Hotspur out of the Europa League a few seasons ago. Granted, that result was a number of years ago so it’s impossible to rate a team based on a previous result, which is why the half time/full draw is the smartest and safest bet to go with, rated at 4/1 by 888sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

These two sides have never met before in any competition, so the two legs in this particular tie will be the first two games ever played between Slavia and Genk.

Stats

  • In the Fortuna Liga, Slavia are more or less formidable in front of their own fans. They’ve played 10 games, winning nine and losing just one back in August against Jablonec.
  • Genk’s away form in the Jupiler League is a big reason why they’re running away with the title. 12 games played, 9 wins, 3 losses and zero defeats is brilliant form and will serve them well in their Europa League travels.
  • In the Europa League this season, Slavia didn’t conceded a single goal at home in the group stage. They beat Bordeaux 1-0, drew 0-0 with Copenhagen and defeated Zenit 2-0 to make it a perfect home campaign.
  • As for the visitors and their Europa League away form, it isn’t quite as impressive but only by fine margins. They beat Besiktas in Turkey 4-2 and held Malmo to a 2-2 but they did lose in Norway against Sarpsborg 3-1, meaning that the game in Scandinavia might be a weak point that Slavia could utilise.
Sam Watt
By: Sam Watt

Football manager is my life, but have taken up writing to help put all that knowledge playing the game to good use. Follow me for all things European football and gain unexpected knowledge about players and teams you didn't know before. When not playing football manager, I take a break to play with my Sunday League team.

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