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Sparta Prague vs Galatasaray Predictions & Tips – Hosts are Underestimated in the Europa League

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Last updated: 20 Feb 2024
Vedran Ostojic 20 Feb 2024
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  • parta Prague vs Galatasaray predictions for Thursday’s match
  • Sparta Prague have won 4 of their last 5 home games in the UEL
  • Galatasaray were defeated in their last 2 European matches on the road
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Sparta Prague have won 12 of their last 13 home matches.(Getty)

Sparta Prague vs Galatasaray Preview 


Sparta Prague deserved more than a 3-2 loss in the first leg. They are doing great at home this season, even beating Real Betis, so I see good value in backing the Czech side on Thursday. 
  • Sparta Prague vs Galatasaray Preview 
  • Head to Head 
  • Sparta Prague Form 
  • Sparta Prague Injuries & Team News 
  • Galatasaray Form 
  • Galatasaray Injuries & Team News 

  • Sparta Prague have won 12 of their last 13 home matches. 
  • Sparta Prague have won 4 of their last 5 home matches (Europa League). 
  • Galatasaray have lost their last 2 European away matches this season. 

Head to Head 


Last week’s match in Turkey was the first head to head encounter between these two teams. 

Galatasaray have a 3-2 advantage from the first leg. 

Sparta Prague Form 


Sparta Prague recovered from last week’s 3-2 loss in Turkey and earned another three points in the Czech top flight by defeating Slovan Liberec 2-1 at home. Luka Haraslin and Victor Olatunji appeared on the scoresheet. 

The Maroons are doing great in the Czech 1. Liga, being the table leaders with 56 points from 21 matches. They were victorious in the premiere appearance in 2024 against Karvina 3-0 with Ladislav Krejci, Adam Karabec and Jan Kuchta finding the net. 

Thanks to their spectacular finish and two back to back victories in the last two rounds in the group stages, Sparta Prague have earned their place in the Europa League playoffs.  

The Czech side beat Real Betis 1-0 and Aris Limassol 3-1 to claim the second place in Group C, one point short of group winners Glasgow Rangers. 

Sparta Prague Injuries & Team News 


Veljko Birmancevic, Matej Rynes and Ladislav Krejci are suspended, while Andreas Vindheim is injured. 

Galatasaray Form 


Galatasaray gained a small advantage in the first leg against Sparta Prague which they won 3-2 thanks to Mauro Icardi who scored a late winner in stoppage time. Cimbom had 0.96-1.70 expected goals, 54% possession and 16-11 shots in that match. 

Okan Buruk’s side earned another victory in the Turkish Super Lig last weekend, beating Ankaragucu 3-0 away from home with Mauro Icardi, Kerem Demirbay and Davinson Sanchez hitting the target. 

This was their 10th straight win across competitions and helped them keep the 1st place in the Super Lig ahead of Fenerbahce. 

Galatasaray ended up in the Europa League playoffs after winning 3rd place in the UEFA Champions League Group A, behind FC Copenhagen and Bayern Munich, ahead of Manchester United. 

Galatasaray Injuries & Team News 


Victor Nelsson is suspended. 

Serge Aurier, Hakim Ziyech, Abdulkerim Bardakci, Kaan Ayhan and Tanguy Ndombele are injured. 

Verdict

Galatasaray are the hottest team in Turkey right now, but they lost their last two UCL away games this season. Sparta Prague do their best work at home, so I see value in backing the Czech side. 

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