Sparta Prague vs Trabzonspor for the Europa League qualifying match on Thursday at Generali Arena Stadium.
The lack of support from their fans is not the only problem that Sparta Prague will have in this match this Thursday. The Czech team, besides not being able to count on fan support, has the medical department, with eight players in its care.
The team will play their first game in the Europa League qualifiers, as the Czechs are in a good position in the UEFA rankings, and have not participated in previous qualifiers. Sparta Prague has not played in the first qualifiers but has played four official matches this season as the championship in the Czech Republic began almost a month ago.
They had mixed results, lost to Slovacko at home, but have won seven points in three matches since then. The team has a new coach, Vaclav Jilek, who took over a month ago. So far he seems to be doing a good job, worrying about some of his team’s imperfections even after he had positive results.
It should be noted that in the last seven games, the Czech team have not won in five games, with three losses, two wins and two draws.
Trabzonspor will also make their Europa League debut. This Thursday game is their first official match of the season as the Turkish Super League will only start in the second half of August. So their preparation has been to make friendly matches in which they played four games, and coincidentally they all ended in a draw.
Despite the lack of official games, Ünal Karaman, the coach told the press that the team is prepared to play a good match in Prague. He also knows that the Czech team will play without the support of their audience, and thinks this could be an advantage for the Turks.
On the other hand, the Turks are unbeatable in their last fifteen matches, with eight wins and seven draws. Away from home, they are in a series of eight games without knowing what a defeat is. Only the excellent form of Besiktas in the Turkish championship prevented Trabzonspor from qualifying directly for the Europa League without going through the qualifying formalities.
The home factor, in this case, may not be decisive as it has no audience to watch the game. However, the Czechs are already in a more advanced form.