Updates: 06.01.2022 11:54
Prague – The defenders of the Slavia football trophy will compete in the Prague derby with Sparta in the quarterfinals of the MOL Cup home cup. The Czech champion and leader of the league table will have the advantage of the home environment. Today’s lot at the FACR headquarters in Prague in Strahov decided that. In other matches, Olomouc will play against Slovácko, Jablonec against Mladá Boleslav and newcomer Hradec Králové against Bohemians 1905. The official playing day is Wednesday, February 9.
Slavia and Sparta competed in the cup for the last time in the semifinals of last year, and last year in June and White they clearly won 3: 0 at Letná. With the same result, Slavia defeated her old rival in the MOL Cup at home in the semifinals in 2019. The Red and Whites did not lose to Sparta six times in a row, the only defeat since the division of the federation they suffered with it in the MOL Cup in the quarterfinals of the 1995/96 season.
In total, it will be the 301st competitive derby. In the last mutual duel at the beginning of October, Sparta won the league at home 1: 0 and defeated Slavia after 14 competitive matches. The match between the rivals, which awaits the elimination phase of the European Conference League in the spring, was decided by the Slovak midfielder Lukáš Haraslín at Letná.
“The lottery is the way it is, we can’t influence it. We got Slavia, so we have another good and difficult match ahead of us. We have to prepare for it honestly and do our best to manage it. It will be a derby, it’s always a bit specific. It is necessary to start the league well in Budějovice and then manage the derby, “Haraslín told the club website.
In the table of the highest competition, the Spartans lose three points from the third place to the leading rival after the autumn. Last year’s Pilsen Cup finalist, who has already dropped out of this year’s MOL Cup, is in second place among Prague clubs.
The defeatist of the West Bohemians, Mladá Boleslav, will start in the quarterfinals in Jablonec, which struggled in the league in the autumn and currently holds up to 14th place in the table. Both opponents last competed in the cup in May 2016, when Mladá Boleslav won 2-0 in the final. The Central Europeans also won the November duel in Jablonec (1: 0).
The fourth team of the Slovácko league table will present itself in the quarterfinals of the cup in Olomouc, which is tenth after the autumn. At the end of October, the team from Uherské Hradiště clearly won 3: 0 in Haná in the highest competition and did not lose to Sigma five times in a row.
Hradec Králové, as a newcomer to the first league after the autumn, surprisingly ranks seventh in the table, while Bohemians 1905 are up to twelve. The teams competed in the opening round of the season and broke up 1: 1 amicably. Hradec plays home matches due to an unsatisfactory stadium in Mladá Boleslav.
The quarterfinals were originally supposed to be played later, at the beginning of February, after the first spring league round, they moved due to the adjustment of the date list of the highest competition. The final of the MOL Cup is on the program on May 4, the winner will secure participation in the qualification of the European Conference League. Slavia has won three of the last four years of the cup and defends the double as the reigning league champion.
Quarterfinals (official playing date February 9):
Olomouc – Slovácko, Hradec Králové – Bohemians Prague 1905, Slavia Prague – Sparta Prague, Jablonec – Mladá Boleslav.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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