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            Sparta Prague vs. Liverpool Prediction & Betting Tips

            In what promises to be an intriguing showdown, Sparta Prague are set to face off against Liverpool in the Europa League on Tuesday, with both teams vying for a coveted spot in the quarterfinals. Liverpool are the favourites, but an injury crisis means their prospects here are more up in the air than they normally would be.

            Date: 07/03/2024

            Kick-off time: 17:45

            Location: epet ARENA

            For Sparta Prague, the Europa League represents an opportunity to showcase their dominance in the Czech First League and make a statement on the European stage. Currently sitting at the top of the league table, four points clear of city rivals Slavia, Sparta have enjoyed a strong season domestically and are eager to translate that success into European competition.

            Sparta's journey to the last 16 of the Europa League was marked by a thrilling victory over Galatasaray in the playoff round. Despite a 3-2 defeat in the first leg, Sparta rallied in front of their home fans, securing a resounding 4-1 win in Prague to advance 6-4 on aggregate. The team's top players, including Qazim Laçi, Lukás Haraslín, and Ángelo Preciado, have been instrumental in their success, and will want to showcase their capabilities in front of a wider audience as they square off against one of the world's biggest clubs.

            However, Sparta face a formidable challenge against English clubs in Europe, with a poor record of just one win in their last 16 ties against teams from England. Additionally, the team's manager, Brian Priske, will need to rally his players to overcome their recent struggles in UEFA competition, having won just one of their last ten knockout ties.

            Despite the daunting task ahead, Sparta Prague are determined to defy the odds and deliver a performance worthy of their status as one of the top clubs in the Czech Republic. With the backing of their passionate supporters and the guidance of Priske, Sparta are poised to give Liverpool a tough challenge on the European stage.

            On the flip side, Liverpool enter the clash with Sparta Prague as favourites but with a sense of caution and respect for their opponents. Having already secured the League Cup title, Liverpool are enjoying an excellent season domestically and are eager to add another trophy to their collection in European competition.

            Liverpool's journey to the last 16 of the Europa League was marked by a dominant performance in the group stage, topping Group E with impressive displays against Toulouse, Union Saint-Gilloise, and LASK.

            Marred by an intense injury crisis that has seen them spend significant time without a number of senior players, standout performers such as Virgil van Dijk, Ibrahima Konaté, Conor Bradley, and Alexis Mac Allister have really stepped up to the plate and have guided them through a tricky sit of fixtures.

            However, Liverpool face a tough challenge away from home in the knockout round of the Europa League, having failed to win any of their last eleven away games in this stage of the competition. Despite their recent struggles on the road, manager Jürgen Klopp remains confident in his team's abilities and will be determined to guide them to victory against Sparta Prague as he chases a second European trophy with the club.

            With the opportunity to add another Europa League title to their storied history, Liverpool are fully focused on the task at hand and are chasing a fourth Europa League crown, with the others coming in 1973, 1976 and 2001, which would make them the second most decorated team in this competition, behind only Sevilla (7).

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            Team News

            Sparta Praha Team News:

            Sparta faced city rivals Slavia at the weekend so it's unlikely we'll see too many changes from the XI that started that game.

            Matěj Ryneš is available again after serving a one-match suspension in the second leg of the playoff tie with Galatasaray and should start here.

            Lukás Haraslín is a man in form for Sparta with three goals in his last five games, so his exploits could be key to any potential win on Thursday.

            Liverpool Team News:

            The worst of Liverpool's injury crisis appears to be over (for now, at least) as Wataru Endō, Dominik Szoboszlai and Darwin Núñez all made their returns from injury at the weekend against Nottingham Forest and all three could be in line to start here.

            However, the Reds are still without Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Mohamed Salah, Diogo Jota, Ryan Gravenberch, Joël Matip, Thiago Alcântara and Stefan Bajčetić, so they're still very much hampered by injury issues.

            Form Guide (Last Five Games)

            Sparta Prague are currently amidst a very good run of form with the 3-2 loss away at Galatasaray in the first leg of their playoff round win the only defeat of theirs in their last fourteen games in all competitions. The weekend's game saw them held to a 0-0 draw by rivals Slavia Prague, which was not a bad result given Slavia are the ones chasing Sparta down in the title race. On top of that, Sparta already had the bragging rights heading into the game having beaten Slavia 3-2 just four days prior in the Czech Cup quarter-final thanks to goals from Victor Olatunji (X2) and Adam Karabec.

            As a result, Slavia have now won four and drawn one of their last five games and have also been infallible on home soil, where their only defeat this season was a penalty shootout loss to FC Copenhagen in a Champions League qualifier back in August following a 3-3 aggregate draw.

            Liverpool's form has been pretty miraculous all things considered as they come into this game having won all of their last six consecutive games while losing just one of their last eighteen in all competitions. On Saturday, the Reds claimed a gargantuan three points away at Nottingham Forest in dramatic fashion, when Darwin Núñez scored a 99th-minute winner as he converted Alexis Mac Allister's excellent cross with his head to send the travelling Liverpool fans mad.

            Jürgen Klopp's side have also been very strong away from home where Arsenal have been the only side to topple the visiting Reds in their last seven outings, with Liverpool winning five of the other six on the road - including a win over Arsenal in a separate encounter.

            Footy Accumulators Prediction

            This is far from an easy game for Liverpool, but they've demonstrated such an ability to grind out results in such unfavourable circumstances in previous weeks that it's hard not to back them to replicate that with some big players back from injury for this one. Sparta Prague 1-2 Liverpool.

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            Where To Watch

            Subscribed viewers in the U.K. can watch the game live on TNT Sports 1 while full radio coverage will be provided by BBC Radio 5 Live.