A hiatus of more than four months is coming to an end. On Sunday, the spring part of the Superleague of small football will start with two opening matches of the eighth round. It will offer only three rounds, which will definitely determine which four teams from the western and eastern groups will advance to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Jihlava – Vikings Brno, Sunday 18.00
The traditional battle between two close rivals will kick off the spring programme of the national competition. The Brno Vikings lost to Jihlava 2:3 on penalties in the autumn, but then went on to win and moved up to second place in the eastern group, five points behind Olomouc.
Fifth-placed Jihlava, which changed its visual identity over the winter and the Superleague team is now called Miners, is only three points behind Brno.
Hanspaulka Praha – Vlci Kolín, Sunday 20.00
The second match on Sunday will decide whether the Kolín Wolves will keep even a glimmer of hope for the play-offs. They have only three points for one win in the last sixth position of the western group, and they are eight points behind fourth-placed Most.
If they lose on the field of Prague Hanspaulka, it is clear that the elimination fights will remain closed for them. Hanspaulka, who beat Kolín 7-1 in the autumn, is still fighting for the top spot in the group, two points behind the leading tandem Příbram – Predátoři Praha.
Olomouc Mighty Ducks – MF Blanensko, Monday 19.30
The first and the third team of the eastern group will play on Monday evening. Blanensko will visit Olomouc’s home ground, the difference between the two teams is seven points, so if Hanaks succeed, Blanensko will not overtake them by the end of the regular season.
Olomouc won the autumn battle in Boskovice narrowly 5:4.
MF Baník Ostrava – PAMAKO Pardubice, Monday 20.00
While Ostrava’s Baník is fighting hard for the play-offs, Pardubice holds only a theoretical hope. In seven autumn rounds they have gained only one point and three rounds before the end of the regular season they are separated from fourth-placed Ostrava by an abysmal nine points.
However, PAMAKO gave a more than worthy performance against Baník in the autumn, falling at home after a shootout 6:8. Baník, on the other hand, is only three points behind second-placed Brno and needs to fend off the onslaught of fifth-placed Jihlava, which has the same number of points.
Rytíři Plzeň – Most, Tuesday 20.00
The direct duel for the play-offs will take place on Tuesday in western Bohemia. The fifth-placed Knights are five points behind fourth-placed Most, so if the North Czechs win, it will be clear which four teams in the western group will make it to the quarter-finals with two rounds to go.
The result of the autumn game against Plzeň makes them favourites, they won convincingly 13:3, but Plzeň finished the autumn with wins over Predators and Hanspaulka and they intend to build on their performance in the spring.
Partyzan Příbram – Predátoři Praha, Tuesday 20.00
Partyzan Příbram and Predátoři, as the Prague Club Football League is now called, collected the same number of points in the autumn. The winner of the last battle of the eighth round of the Superliga of small football will be significantly closer to the play-offs from the best starting position, i.e. the first place in the table of the western group.
The autumn clash was decided by a single goal as the Prague team lost to Příbram 2:3 at home. Both teams have scored thirty goals in the seven rounds so far, with Příbram scoring sixteen goals and their opponents scoring four fewer.
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