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Published on the 20 November 2012 à 10:25 by RB

The Czech club has always lost against OL... who will be playing their 199th European match on Thursday...

Sparta Prague won their league game last weekend and remain just a point adrift of leaders Viktoria Plzen. On Thursday Sparta will play their ninth European match against French opposition; two wins (OM and TFC), two draws (Bordeaux) and three losses - all against OL, who are undefeated at home in ten European matches (six wins and four draws).

In this European campaign, Sparta have lost 2-1 at Gerland, obtained a 1-1 draw away to Hapoël Shmona and won both home matches in Prague against Athletic Bilbao (3-1) and Hapoël Shmona. With seven points, the Czech side hold their destiny in their own hands in terms of qualifying for the knockout rounds. With a five-point advantage over Shmona and a superior head-to-head goal difference, a point could suffice for the Czechs ahead of their trip to Bilbao on Matchday 6. In fact, they can still hope to qualify top of the group as long as they win both their remaining games and OL lose or draw with Shmona.

OL will be playing their 199th European match (including Intertoto) on Thursday. So far OL have three wins, one draw and one defeat against Czech clubs. Three wins over Sparta Prague, including a 2-1 triumph in Prague in season 2044-05 (Essien and Wiltord), a 1-1 draw at Gerland against Slovan Liberec in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup and a 4-1 loss in Prague, also faced with Liberec.

OL is the only side with 12 points after four matches of the 2012-13 Europa League campaign. Four wins: 2-1 against Sparta; 4-3 against Hapoël Shmona, 2-1 and 3- 2 versus Athletic Bilbao. Eleven goals from 73 shots. Scorers: Fofana 2, Lisandro 2, Gomis 2, Monzon, Réveillère, Gourcuff, Lacazette and Briand; two goals from corners, one free kick. Seven goals conceded.

OL has won four times by a single-goal margin.

Vercoutre, Gonalons and Réveillère have played every minute of all four of these matches.

Yellow cards: Gonalons 2, Lacazette, Gomis, Monzon, B. Koné, Fofana, Gourcuff, Lovren, and Bisevac. Gonalons is the only player in danger of suspension in the event of receiving a yeollow card.

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