Baník Ostrava will be at Generali Arena on Sunday for the First League fixture with hosts Sparta Prague.
To see all of our predictions, user poll & stats for Sparta Prague v Baník Ostrava, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Sparta Prague head into this game following on from a 2-2 First League draw against Slovan Liberec.
For Sparta Prague, the goals were scored by David Moberg Karlsson (67') and Adam Hložek (68'). Jakub Pešek (30', 51') was the scorer for Slovan Liberec.
It’s not been often in recent games that Sparta Prague haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Železná Sparta have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 9 goals along the way.
Taking a look at their past results, Sparta Prague:
- haven't lost in the league to Baník Ostrava in their previous 5 matches.
- have not beaten Baník Ostrava in their previous 2 league matches.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 5 home league matches.
In their previous game, Baník Ostrava drew 1-1 in the First League tie with FC Brno.
The only name on the scoresheet from Baník Ostrava was David Buchta (53'). Peter Štepanovský (79') was the scorer for FC Brno.
A run of hard-working showings by the Baník Ostrava defenders has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 3 from their previous 6 outings combined. Over that same period of time, their forwards have scored 9. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen whether that pattern might be sustained here in this match.
A look at their previous results shows us that Baník Ostrava:
- have not won against Sparta Prague in games played away from home for the previous 4 league matches. Not the best of away records.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 away league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings going back to 24/02/2019 reveals that these fixtures have been pretty painful for Baník Ostrava. They have not been able to come away with any victories whatsoever while Sparta Prague have dominated them, finishing as winners in 67% of those games where they have faced each other.
A combined total of 15 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 11 for Železná Sparta and 4 coming from Baníček. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.5.
The last league meeting between the two was First League match day 15 on 17/01/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Baník Ostrava 0-0 Sparta Prague.
The match was refereed by Miroslav Zelinka.
Team News: Sparta Prague
Lukas Stetina (Knee Injury), Lukas Julis (Groin Surgery), Libor Kozak (Ankle Fracture) and Ladislav Krejci (Metatarsal Fracture) won’t be able to feature for Sparta Praha manager Pavel Vrba.
Team News: Baník Ostrava
With a fully healthy group available to select from, Baník Ostrava manager Ondřej Smetana has zero fitness concerns to report coming into this match.
We’re of the view that Sparta Prague have it within them to get the goals that they need when they line up against Baník Ostrava, who could well struggle to get a goal of their own.
We reckon that it will be a comfortable 2-0 winning score for Sparta Prague at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Generali Arena (18,887)
Captain: Bořek Dočkal
Chairman: Daniel Křetínský
Manager: Pavel Vrba
Competitions: First League position 3
⭐ Star Player: Ladislav Krejčí II
Mostly used in the Centre Midfield position, Ladislav Krejčí II was born in Czech Republic. Having made his senior debut playing for FC Brno in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Midfielder has hit 8 league goals in the First League 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 21 appearances.