The champions of Hungary and the Czech Republic lock horns in the third-qualifying round of the Champions League. Ferencvaros should already be used to the pressure after overcoming the first two rounds, while Slavia Prague are just starting their European adventure this season.
Where and when: Groupama Arena – 4 August, kick-off 19:00
Where you can see Ferencvaros vs. Slavia Prague: N/A
Last time: The clash on Wednesday will be the first meeting between those two teams.
Ferencvaros v Slavia Prague Predictions and Preview
Czech champions Slavia Prague begin their Champions League campaign with a short trip to Budapest, where they’ll face Ferencvaros. Similarly to Slavia, the Hungarian side completely blew off their domestic competition last term and won the league title by a 20 points margin.
Ferencvaros should be way ahead in terms of fitness and preparation, as the Hungarians’ started from the first qualifying round of the Champions League. The Green and Whites won both of their games against Kosovo’s league winners Prishtina, before doing the same against Lithuania’s champions Zalgiris.
The Hungarians were extremely dominant in all four of their games, as they dispatched Prishtina by 6-1 and Zalgiris by 5-1 in their two-legged ties. Albanian forward Myrto Uzuni scored four goals during this stretch and he will be full of confidence for the Slavia clash.
Ferencvaros also won their three friendly games and are currently on an unbeaten streak of 18 games. However, their previous opponents were not on the same level as the Czech champions, so the Hungarians should step it up.
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Ferencvaros to win by 3-1
Slavia, meanwhile, have played only two games since the end of their domestic campaign in May. Jindrich Trpisovsky’s men drew 1-1 in their only friendly against Polish side Piast Gliwice and they won their opener in the Czech First League by 1-0 against Zlin.
Both games showed that Slavia are far from their best at this stage and this seems completely normal considering the lack of games. The Red and Whites fancy an entertaining and attacking brand of football, but this trip against a side of equal quality might just come a bit too early for them.
This game is extremely hard to predict, considering that both teams have never faced each other and the fact that they haven’t played many games.
However, Ferencvaros are supposedly in better shape, so you can place a bet for them to win at 13/2. The draw can be backed up at 6/2, while Slavia enter the game as slight favorites and a Czech victory is priced at 9/2.
One to watch for Ferencvaros: Myrto Uzuni has build up on his 15 strikes in all competitions las term by netting four goals in as many games for Ferencvaros since the start of the campaign. The Albanian has open the score in two of his last three appearances, so he is a fine candidate to do the same against Slavia.
One to watch for Slavia Prague: Jan Kuchta was the joint top scorer in Fortuna Liga with 15 strikes last term. The 24-year-old forward already opened his account for the new season as well after scoring the only goal for Slavia’s 1-0 win in their league opener. Kuchta might be worth a try in the first scorer market on Wednesday.
Long shot: Ferencvaros scored two or more goals in each of their four games in the Champions League qualifiers so far. Although, Slavia Prague are a quality side, they haven’t played many games so their fitness level and condition remain questionable. Therefore, a 3-1 win for Ferencvaros at 28/1 might be a good bet, as the hosts will aim for a strong start in front of an ecstatic home crowd.