Czech First League/Zlin vs Slavia Prague – Zlin, which finished the previous season at the ninth place, faces in the 1st round of new season reigning champion Slavia Pragueue, which won its fourth champion’s title since the Czech Republic declared in independence. Zlin has never won the title but managed to have 1-1 score with Slavia last year.
Game Zlin vs Slavia Prague begins 15.07.2019 at 18:00 CET
Zlin won near the end of April Slavia by 1-0 thanks to Dzafic, while it lost in Prague by 1-3 in November last year. It is interesting that Zlin had more success in last five head-to-head, including the semi-finals of the Czech Cup 2017 when it won in Prague by 1-0.
Besides home victory in the league and away one in the Czech Cup, Zlin also won away the league match played at the beginning of April 2018, and out of last five matches with Slavia it won three, drew one and lost one. Zlin won Senica from Slovakia in the last test match by 3-0 thanks to goals scored by Matejov, Dzafic and Necas. Zlin didn’t trade much this summer and the team remains largely the same like last year.
Probable lineups Zlin: Dostal, Bartosak, Buchta, Hlinka, Baco, Matejov, Hnanicek, Jiracik, Necas, Podio, Dzafic
Slavia won for the second time in last three seasons the Czech championship having won 83 points and 26 matches, which was five more than Plzez whom they dethroned. They scored the most goals, 79 out of 35 matches, or even 22 more than Plzen and 20 more than 3rd-placed Sparta, which won 66 points.
They too didn’t trade much this summer but they brought Romanian Stanica from Al Ahli and Sveca from Bohemians. Slavia sold Deli from Ivory Coast to Belgian Club Brugge, and Czech Chalus to Liverec. They defeated Zizkov by 6-0 in the last test match played last week where scorers for Slavia were Buren, Coufal, Yusuf, Stanicu, Baluta and Holes.
Probable lineups Slavia Prague: Kovar, Boril, Coufal, Hovorka, Kudela, Stanicu, Traore, Masopust, Soucek, Zmrhal, van Buren.
Betting Pick: Zlin vs Slavia Prague
Slavija won the last time in Zlin in December 2016 as the home team was more successful recently. Zlin won two out of last three league matches with Slavia, while out of last two played at home it won one and drew another. We would play on Asian handicap for the host.
Pick: Asian handicap +1 Zlin
Odds: 2.40 at 888sport (down to 2.30 can be played)
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