Slavia Prague vs Panathinaikos Match Analysis and Prediction

Slavia Prague will welcome Panathinaikos to the Fortuna Arena on Thursday in the third round of the Europa Conference League playoffs.

The hosts saw off St Joseph’s in the previous round of the qualifiers, while the visitors will take to the field for the first competitive match this season.

Slavia Prague began their league campaign on the back foot through a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Hradec Kralove at the Lokotrans Arena.

Following a dull first half, Jindrich Trpisovsky’s side fell behind to Daniel Vasulin’s goal within 10 minutes of the second half which proved to be the difference between the sides.

Slavia Prague curently sit 13th in the league table after the opening round of matches and will be looking to get back to winning ways in their next league match.

However, a third-ever meeting awaits against a Panathinaikos side who have won each of the last two meetings between the teams which both came back in 2001.

Off the back of a seven-goal haul in their last home game, the Slavists will be seeking to turn on the style in front of their fans once again.

Meanwhile, Panathinaikos wrapped up their preparations for the upcoming campaign with a 2-1 win over Dutch side Volendam at the Apostolos Nikolaidis Stadium on Thursday.

Goals from Dimitrios Kourbelis and Carlotos Lopez in either half got the job done for the Greens in a tightly-contested affair.

Ivan Jovanovic’s side have now extended their unbeaten run to six matches across all competitions dating back to last season and have recorded five clean sheets in the process.

Ahead of the return leg in Athens later next week, Thursday’s visitors will be seeking to pick up a positive result away from home and give themselves of a good chance of progressing to the next stage.

Slavia Prague vs Panathinaikos head to head

The two teams have previously met on just two occasions in the Champions League back in 2001, where Panathinaikos won in both meetings scoring three goals and conceding once in the process. They now meet for the first time in the first leg of the Europa Conference League playoffs.

Slavia Prague 1-2 Panathinaikos 08/08/01

Panathinaikos 1-0 Slavia Prague 22/08/01

Slavia Prague latest home form

Slavia Prague have recently been on a relatively good run of form at home, having lost just two of their eight most recent matches. They defeated St Joseph’s 7-0 in their last home game in the Europa Conference League. In their last five matches, they have scored 12 goals and conceded seven.

Slavia Prague 1-2 Sparta Prague 15/05/22

Slavia Prague 1-1 Olympiakos 29/06/22

Slavia Prague 1-0 Puskas 10/07/22

Slavia Prague 2-4 Lisen 24/07/22

Slavia Prague 7-0 St Joseph’s 28/07/22

Slavia Prague latest away form

Slavia Prague have recently failed to keep a good run of form on the road, having won just two of their five most recent matches. They lost 1-0 to Hradek Kralove in their last away game in the league. In their last five matches, they have scored 14 goals and conceded just four.

Hradek Kralove 4-3 Slavia Prague 24/04/22

Banik Ostrava 1-1 Slavia Prague 11/05/22

Rapid 1-7 Slavia Prague 05/07/22

St Joseph’s 0-4 Slavia Prague 21/07/22

Hradek Kralove 1-0 Slavia Prague 31/07/22

Panathinaikos latest home form

Panathinaikos have recently been on a good run of form at home, and have been unbeaten in their five most recent matches. They managed to defeat Volendam 2-1 in their last home game in a friendly. In their last five matches, they have scored four goals and conceded just one.

Panathinaikos 1-0 PAOK 21/05/22

Panathinaikos 0-0 Watford 10/07/22

Panathinaikos 1-0 AL Duhail 14/07/22

Panathinaikos 0-0 Volos NFC 24/07/22

Panathinaikos 2-1 Volendam 28/07/22

Panathinaikos latest away form

Panathinaikos have recently been on a relatively good run of form on the road, having lost just one of their eight most recent matches. They drew 0-0 with Bayer Leverkusen in their last away game in a friendly. In their last five matches, they have scored four goals and conceded three.

Lamia 0-2 Panathinaikos 27/04/22

AEK Athens 0-0 Panathinaikos 08/05/22

Olympiakos 1-2 Panathinaikos 11/05/22

PAOK 2-0 Panathinaikos 17/05/22

Bayer Leverkusen 0-0 Panathinaikos 17/07/22

Slavia Prague news

Ewerton has scored five goals for Slavia Prague in his last three appearances on home turf and will be looking to add onto his tally.

Srdjan Plavsic missed the last game through a one-game suspension but the midfielder is now eligible to feature once again, while Yira Sor continues his spell on the sidelines.

Panathinaikos news

Fotis Ioannidis was forced off with a knock in the first half of Panathnaikos’s victory over Volendam, and he remains a doubt for this contest.

Carlitos Lopez came on for Ioannidis in the aforementioned game to score the winning goal, which could see him rewarded with a spot in the starting XI.

Prediction and Odds

The mantle is more on the hosts to seize the opportunity and secure the first-leg advantage heading into the return leg on the road next week.

This could to be an open and end-to-end affair with Slavia Prague likely edging out their opponents to come out on top at end of the game.

Odds: 2.15 2.05 2.22

Probable outcomes

Slavia Prague 1-0 Panathinaikos

Slavia Prague 2-1 Panathinaikos

Slavia Prague 0-0 Panathinaikos

Slavia Prague 1-1 Panathinaikos

Slavia Prague 1-2 Panathinaikos

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