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Slavia Prague vs CFR Cluj - Slavia to Come Out on Top

Slavia Prague are being backed to defeat CFR Cluj and make it to the Champions League group stages
Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague haven't qualified for Europe for over a decade (Getty Images)

Slavia Prague vs CFR Cluj Tips, Predictions & Free Bets

Slavia Prague welcome Cluj to the Sinobo Arena in the Champions League qualification stages this week. The Czech side picked up a 1-0 victory away from home in the last leg. 

It's been a while since Prague saw any Champions League football, but we are backing the home team in the handicap market with bet365 to make it happen. 

Slavia Prague vs CFR Cluj Match Details 

DateWednesday 28th August
VenueSinobo Arena
CompetitionUEFA Champions League 
Time20:00  (GMT +1)

Slavia Prague Form & Team News 

Slavia Prague have not qualified for the Champions League in 12 years and will see this week’s game as a chance to finally break that run. Their 1-0 advantage is narrow though and they will be wary of throwing it away. 

The reigning Czech champions are top of their domestic league and have won six of their opening seven games. They comfortably defeated local rivals Bohemians 1905 4-0 this weekend, noticeably getting four different scorers on the scoresheet. 

Jindřich Trpišovský will probably name the same starting 11 that won the last match, with Abdulla Yusuf Helal starting upfront. 

Slavia are priced at 1.52 to win the match and finally secure their place in the Champions League with bet365. 

CFR Cluj Celebrating
Cluj's last away game in the Champions League saw them defeat Celtic 4-3 (Getty Images)

CFR Cluj Form & Team News 

Cluj will be encouraged by the fact that they managed to secure one of the biggest shocks of this year’s competition in the last round away from home. They defeated Celtic 4-3 at Celtic Park to secure their match against Slavia. 

The Romanians prepared well for the game at the weekend, picking up a confident 4-1 victory against Botosani in the league. Ciprian Diec bagged a brace while Michael Pereira and Alexandru Paun also got themselves on the scoresheet. 

Cluj are priced all the way out at 6.00 to win the match. They did pull off an upset in the last round but the Eden Arena will probably prove to be their last stop. 

Slavia Prague vs CFR Cluj Match Analysis - End of the road for Cluj 

CFR Cluj have been one of the biggest stories in the Champions League qualifying stages but they will reach the end of their campaign away at Slavia. 

The Sinobo Arena is a difficult place to visit. Slavia have won nine of their last ten games at the stadium and have kept clean sheets in their last four matches at the venue. They have also scored 12 goals in those four matches. 

The Czech Champions should have enough in the tank to be able to get past Cluj. They will also be wary enough to not get complacent following what Cluj did in the last round. 

Slavia Prague
Slavia Prague won the first leg against CFR Cluj 1-0 (Getty Images)

Slavia Prague vs CFR Cluj Betting Tips - Slavia excellent value in the handicap market

Given Slavia’s impressive home form, it should be no surprise that they are valued at 1.61 to pick up the victory on Wednesday. 

There is great value to be found in the handicap market though. Slavia Prague are priced at 2.62 with a -1 handicap with bet365 which is excellent value considering their impressive home form. They should be able to win this game more comfortably than the first one providing they don’t get too complacent. 

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