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There’s Europa League action taking place on Thursday when Sparta Prague will take on Celtic.
View all of the Sparta Prague v Celtic predictions, poll and stats below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Sparta Prague will be hoping for a better result after the 2-4 First League loss in their previous game against Dynamo České Budějovice.
For Sparta Prague, the scorers were David Moberg Karlsson (33') and Ladislav Krejčí II (63'). Karol Mészáros (14'), Patrik Brandner (51', 90') and Petr Javorek (64') scored for Dynamo České Budějovice.
It’s been all too rare in recent times that Sparta Prague have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The facts show that Železná Sparta have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 16 goals along the way. Such a trend won’t necessarily follow through into this game, of course.
Last time out, Celtic drew 2-2 in the Premiership tie with Hibernian.
In that game, Celtic had 71% possession and 21 shots at goal with 12 of them on target. For Celtic, the goals were scored by Odsonne Édouard (79') and Diego Laxalt (90'). Hibernian got 12 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Jamie Murphy (52') and Kevin Nisbet (59') scored for Hibernian.
In a total of 5 of the previous 6 games involving Celtic, a minimum of three goals have been hit. The average goals scored per match in that spell is 4.33, with the number of goals averaged by Celtic working out to 2.33.
Head to head
The previous league encounter between these clubs was Europa League match day 3 on 05/11/2020 when the final score was Celtic 1-4 Sparta Prague.
That time, Celtic had 58% possession and 10 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Their only player to score was Leigh Griffiths (65').
On the other side, Sparta Prague had 15 shots on goal with 8 on target. Lukáš Juliš (26', 45', 76') and Ladislav Krejčí (90') scored.
The match was refereed by István Kovács.
Team News: Sparta Prague
Michal Sacek (Muscle Injury), Ladislav Krejci (Muscle Injury), Ondrej Celustka (Muscular problems), David Hancko (Knee Problems), Libor Kozak (Knock), Lukas Stetina (Knee Injury) and Adam Hlozek (Metatarsal Fracture) aren’t available for Sparta Praha manager Václav Kotal.
Team News: Celtic
Due to a mostly healthy group of players, there is just the one fitness problem for the Celtic boss Neil Lennon to be concerned about. David Turnbull (Corona virus) won’t be playing here.
In our view, Celtic have enough to find the back of the net against this Sparta Prague lineup, however it isn’t expected to be as many as the goals that they could concede.
We think that it’s going to be a 2-1 advantage for Sparta Prague after 90 minutes. Let’s see what happens here.
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: Václav Kotal
Competitions: First League position 2, Europa League (Group H)
🔑 Key Player: Lukáš Juliš
Regularly used in the Striker position, Lukáš Juliš was born in Chrudim, Czech Republic. After making a first senior appearance for Sparta Prague in the 2013 - 2014 season, the skilful Forward has bagged 6 league goals in the First League 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 7 appearances.