Partizan will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their Europa Conference League knockout round playoff tie against Sparta Prague on Thursday.
The hosts enter the contest off the back of a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions, while the defeat last week ended Sparta Prague’s own eight-match undefeated streak.
Partizan claimed a narrow victory in Prague last Thursday with a 78th-minute strike from Queensy Menig proving enough to help his side to a 1-0 win.
They followed that result with a 2-0 home win over Radnicki 1923 at the weekend in the Super Liga, thanks to strikes from Ricardo Gomes and Milos Jojic.
Following their return from the winter break, the Serbian side have claimed three consecutive victories to ensure that they head into Thursday’s contest in a confident mood.
Aleksandar Stanojevic’s team tend to fare well at home, having not tasted defeat at the Partizan Stadium since a 1-0 loss to Gent on October 21.
Since that Europa Conference League group stage defeat, Partizan have embarked on an eight-game unbeaten home run in all competitions.
Sparta Prague players pictured on September 30, 2021© Reuters
Sparta Prague, meanwhile, know that they will have to win in Belgrade to qualify for the last 16.
They have had mixed fortunes since their return from their winter break, drawing two league games on either side of a cup win before suffering a narrow defeat in the first leg last week.
With no game at the weekend, the side from the Czech Republic have had a week to prepare for their trip to Belgrade.
The visitors are yet to win away in European competition this season, with their poor away form in the Europa League group stage contributing to them dropping down to the Europa Conference League.
However, Sparta Prague can take encouragement from their current unbeaten away run, which stretches to four matches in all competitions.