Slavia Prague vs. Leicester City Betting Preview – Europa League, February 18, 2021
The Foxes face a tough test in the Europa League Round of 32 on Thursday, February 18, as they go head-to-head with Czech champions Slavia Prague.
Jindrich Trpisovsky’s men are yet to taste defeat on home soil this season, but let’s not forget that Leicester is also enjoying a hugely successful run at the moment.
After checking out the betting odds, I will share my Slavia Prague vs. Leicester City prediction and pick.
Slavia Prague vs. Leicester City Odds
I’m not surprised to see Leicester (2.00) as the favorite to win this one, although the high price for the away win points towards a challenging game for the visiting side.
10bet views Slavia Prague (3.55) as the outsider here. But given the Czech champs’ recent form, it wouldn’t be fair to disregard the home team straight off the bat.
Slavia Prague vs. Leicester City Match Analysis
Having recorded 16 wins and three draws from 19 league games this term, Slavia Prague currently holds a mammoth ten-point lead at the top of the Fortuna liga standings.
The unbeaten defending champions have scored a whopping 57 goals along the way (three goals per game) and have only conceded 11, giving them a monstrous goal difference of +46.
It is important to remember that the Europa League poses a completely different challenge altogether. But if Slavia’s group-stage campaign is anything to go by, Trpisovsky’s men will fancy their chances of progressing deeper into the competition.
The Red and Whites kicked off a run of four straight Europa League wins with a shock 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Matchday 2, although a 4-0 defeat in the reverse fixture on Matchday 6 proved that Slavia isn’t at the level of the tournament’s top teams.
Unfortunately, Leicester is one of the tournament’s top teams.
The Foxes head into Thursday’s clash on the back of a statement victory over reigning EPL champs Liverpool. Leicester was trailing 0-1 until the 78th minute, before three quick-fire goals turned the game on its head.
Having beaten Jurgen Klopp’s side 3-1 on Saturday, Brendan Rodgers’ men will surely be brimming with belief.
Leicester now sits third in the Premier League table – four points clear of fourth-place Chelsea and level on 46 points with second-place Manchester United. Frontrunner Manchester City may be out of reach, yet Champions League qualification is looking likely.
One defeat in six games saw the Foxes finish ahead of Braga, Zorya Luhansk, and AEK Athens at the top of Group G earlier in the campaign. Rodgers’ men scored 14 goals on their way to the summit, conceding just five in the process.
With Jamie Vardy firing on all cylinders again and James Madisson contributing with both goals and assists of late, Leicester will be difficult to stop on Thursday.
Slavia Prague vs. Leicester City Pick
Leicester City to Win2.00
I recommend jumping on this price before the bookmakers’ change their mind!
We all know that Slavia is enjoying an outstanding season. But let’s face it – the Czech champions haven’t come up against a team of Leicester’s quality for quite some time.
Following the Foxes dominant victory over Liverpool last weekend, backing them to win the first leg at 2.00 is a no-brainer, right?