Illustration photo – Match of the 15th round of the first football league: Slovan Liberec – FC Hradec Králové, November 6, 2022 in Liberec. From the left, Lukáš Červ from Liberec and Petr Kodeš from Hradec Králové.
Liberec – The football players of Liberec and Hradec Králové will play a rematch of the group final for placement on Friday in the league superstructure. In the opening game last week, Slovan won 4-0 in the Mladá Boleskav asylum of Východočech and is close to the final seventh place. The North Bohemians have not lost thirteen times in a row in the league with Hradec.
The winner of the group for placing between the seventh and tenth team after the regular season will receive one million crowns and will be seeded in the 3rd round of the domestic cup next season. Liberec knocked out České Budějovice in the semi-finals, Hradec went over Mlada Boleslav. Slovan played in the group for placement even a year ago, when they were eliminated in the semi-finals.
This time the North Bohemians are close to first place. They beat Hradec in all three games this season and only lost to them at home in the opening of the 16 duels in the top flight so far. At the end of the year, Liberec team got in shape and in the last two matches they won 4-0. underestimating, we have a challenging 90 minutes ahead of us. A great performance, a win and a final seventh place would be a nice end to this season,” said Jakub Harant, the assistant coach of Liberec.
Hradec wants to make the double match even more dramatic, even though it has lost ten times in a row in Liberec in the league and has not scored in the last five duels there. The East Bohemians have won only one of the last six matches in the top division.
“We will not give up revenge. We will play as if it was 0:0 so that we can look the fans in the eye. We would like to make up for the opening defeat 0:4 somehow , you can't play like that and that's not how we want to present ourselves,” said Králové Hradec coach Stanislav Hejkal.
Statistical data before the rematch of the group final for the location of the superstructure of the first football league:
< p>Slovan Liberec (after regular season: 7th) – FC Hradec Králové (8th)
Kick-off: Friday, May 26, 6 p.m.
First match: 4:0.
Referee: Kotala – Antoníček, Mikeska – Křepský (video).
Balance: 33 19-8-6 55:27.
Liberec: Bačkovský – Plechatý, Prebsl, Purzitidis – Ndefe, Doumbia, Frýdek, Varfolomejev, Mikula – Olatunji, Rondič.
Hradec: Bajza – Klíma, Čech, Leibl – Gabriel, Kodeš, Kučera, Novotný – Kubala – Koubek, Vašulín.
Absence: Gebre Selassie, Mészáros, Višinský – Dvořák, Pudhorocký, Ševčík (all injured), Čihák, Ryneš (both uncertain start).
Best scorers: Olatunji (8) – Vašulín (7).
– Liberec has not lost 13 times in a row in the league with Hradec and has won in the last 4 mutual matches in the top competition (including all 3 this season)< /p>
– Hradec won only the first of 16 league matches in Liberec, lost 10 times in a row there and did not score in the last 5 duels
– Liberec eliminated Č. Budějovice, Hradec in the semi-finals of the group for placement advanced through M. Boleslav
– Liberec also appeared in the group for placement last year
– Liberec won twice in a row 4:0
– Liberec lost the only one of last 5 home league matches
– Hradec won only one of the last 6 league matches
– Hradec has not won 3 times in a row away from home and has drawn the last 2 matches there
– the winner of the placement group will receive a million crowns and will be seeded in the 3rd round of the domestic cup next season