The sixteenth finals in the Europa League are coming! The Czech runner-up Slavia Prague receives the current leader of the Belgian Jupiler League, the KRC Genk. The hosts have reached the playoffs thanks to a second place in Group C. A decent position as the group was prominently manned by Girondins Bordeaux, FC Copenhagen and the eventual group winners as well as 2008 UEFA Cup winners Zenit St. Petersburg. A success, the team especially secured at home, since none of the three home games lost during the group stage. Instead, the Kickers defeated Moldova Bordeaux and Zenit St. Petersburg and scored a goalless draw against the Danes from Copenhagen.
Europa League Predictions Slavia Prague vs Genk
The Flemish from Genk could even finish their group as the winner. A performance that also commands respect, as the team also faced strong opponents, at least with Malmö FF and Besiktas. Except for a surprising away defeat against the Norwegian underdog Sarpsborg 08 FF Genk survived the group stage but without another bankruptcy. Just how strong Genk is today is shown by a look at the domestic league, where the Smurfs are sitting at the top of the table. Given the stable shape of the guests at Slavia Prague vs Genk is the prediction that the Belgians will win. The tip is secured by the variant Draw-no-Bet.
Slavia Prague – Statistics & Current Form
The fourfold Czech champion is a regular guest on the European stage. So he has in the past ten times in the Champions League and over 20 times in the UEFA Cup and the Europa League part. However, the successes in this context are rather manageable. In the Europa League, for example, the group stage has always been the end of the competition and in the Champions League the same has been achieved in the 2007/08 season. This year’s entry into the playoffs is thus already a great success for the Czechs.
At the moment the shape is also right at Věčná Slavia. In the domestic Synot League, the club is in first place. After 20 matchdays and thus exactly two-thirds of the season, the gap to the reigning champions Viktoria Pilsen six points, which is why the chances of winning the fifth title very well. Above all, the offensive is strong in this season. It has 50 hits and thus, for example, 20 goals more than the pursuer from Pilsen. The most accurate player in the Red and White is Miroslav Stoch, who was in his career, including at Chelsea or Fenerbahce under contract. The dress rehearsal last weekend was also successful when Slavia defeated FK Teplice 2-0. For the team of coach Jindřich Trpišovský, who held the post since December 2017, it was the sixth league victory in a row. Personally, he can draw almost full, since only Stanislav Tecl in the storm as a regular player can not accumulate.
Expected formation of Slavia Prague:
Kolar – Kudela – Boril – Ngadeu – Ngadjui – Coufal – Husbauer – Soucek – Sevcik – Zmrhal – Olayinka – Skoda
Last matches of Slavia Prague:
- 09.02.2019 – Slavia Prague vs. Teplice 2: 0 (Czech League)
- 01.02.2019 – Rosenborg Trondheim vs. Slavia Prague 0: 2 (The Atlantic Cup)
- 27.01.2019 – Slavia Prague vs. Red Bull Salzburg 0: 1 (The Atlantic Cup)
- 22.01.2019 – Slavia Prague vs. Beijing Guoan 4: 0 (Friendlies)
- 19.01.2019 – Slavia Prague vs. Usti nad Labem 8: 0 (Friendlies)
Genk – Statistics & Current Form
The Blue-Whites have played their last match equally well before the upcoming duel against Prague. The formally strong Walloons of Standard Liège were defeated 2-0 last Friday evening. A result that could have been even higher given the numerous chances to score. 11: 1 direct shots speak a clear language in this regard. Racing has proven once more that it is rightfully taking the league lead in the Jupiler League. Already eleven points is the lead over the champion from Bruges, whereby the team is still clearly on master class. For KRC it would be the fourth title and the first one after the year 2011.
Another parallel to the upcoming opponent is the goal-hungry offensive: She has struck no less than 57 times in 25 league games so far. Especially Mbwana Samata from Tanzania is currently unstoppable. The 26-year-old striker scored both goals in the win against Liege and scored in seven of his most recent eight appearances on the pitch from the start. With 19 hits he leads the scorer rating in the upper house of Belgian football clearly. Just how relentless Genk’s attacking department is, is also shown by the phenomenal statistics of 41 matches in which they were able to land at least one goal each. Only once in November of last year’s away game in Mouscron her own goal was denied. Coach Philippe Clement, who has been under contract since December 2017, will face almost the entire squad in the upcoming match. Only the use of the Norwegian Sander Berge in midfield is questionable.
Expected formation of Genk:
Vukovic – de Norre – Dewaest – Aidoo – Maehle – Heynen – Malinovsky – Trossard – Pozuelo – Paintsil – Samata
Last matches of Genk:
- 08.02.2019 – Genk Vs. Standard Liege 2: 0 (First Division A)
- 02.02.2019 – Waasland-Beveren Vs. Genk 1: 2 (First Division A)
- 26.01.2019 – Genk Vs. Royal Excel Mouscron 1: 2 (First Division A)
- 18.01.2019 – VV St. Truiden vs.. Genk 2: 3 (First Division A)
- 11.01.2019 – Schalke Vs. Genk 2: 2 (Friendlies)
Slavia Prague vs. Genk Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
The teams have not faced each other yet. At the premiere in the Sinobo Stadium between Slavia Prague and Genk, the odds give the hosts a slight role as favorites.
Slavia Prague vs Genk Betting Predictions and Tips Analyzed
Slavia Prague and Genk currently have some similarities. The teams are the league leaders in their respective countries and, above all, benefit from a strong offensive. In addition, they are currently spared from a larger injury pitch. However, unlike the Belgians, the hosts are taking part in the playoffs for the first time, which in turn have overcome this hurdle for the fourth time in the last six years and even advanced to the quarter-finals two years ago. Furthermore, the Synot League undoubtedly has a weaker level than the Jupiler League and the performances of the Flamen in the group stage were more impressive compared to the equally respectable appearances of the team from the Czech capital.
Key Facts – Slavia Prague vs Genk tips
Genk had the fifth best offensive of all teams in the group stage
Belgians have not met in any of their 42 matches so far
Czechs is the first time in club history in the playoffs of the Europa League
Prague had the lowest scores (1.16) in the group stage and Genk the fourth highest (3.66) per game
Furthermore, we can not make out a real home advantage because Genk proved in the preliminary round that it is very strong abroad – an example was the impressive 4-2 draw at Besiktas. Nevertheless, at Slavia Prague vs Genk, the odds are slightly towards a home win. An assessment that the tip does not follow. Instead, the prediction is that the Flemish team will win, but a draw-no-bet will be selected that at least repays the bet if there is a draw.
Prediction Today: 2 (no draw no bet)