Viktoria Plzen vs Steaua Bucharest
Date: 2nd August 2017
Kick off at 19:15 UK/ 20:15 CET
Venue: Doosan Arena.
Viktoria Plzen can be satisfied with the job they have done seven days ago by scoring two goals past FCSB in the Romanian capital to gain advantage ahead of the rematch at their Doosan Arena.
However, the third qualifying round tie is still wide open since FCSB would go through to the playoffs with any kind of victory.
The hosts have been struggling a lot to find their best shape in the pre-season, but they are off to the best possible kick off in the domestic league where the team picked up a demolishing 4-0 win over Dukla Prague at the weekend.
Pavel Vrba can obviously be thrilled with his team’s attacking form as his main task ahead of the second leg with the Romanians will be to fix the holes in the defensive line which proved out to be quite vulnerable last Wednesday.
Much like their opponents, FCSB have began the new season in the top flight of the Romanian football in a strong fashion as they collected seven points from opening three rounds.
The only slip up happened on Sunday evening when the team drew 1-1 with Europa League outfit CS U Craiova on the home pitch, but we have to mention that Viorel Tanase rested some of his key men for the crucial Champions League encounter with Plzen.
Viktoria Plzen vs Steaua Bucharest: Head to head
Plzen’s best player and Czech national team member Michal Krmencik confirmed the good form at the start of the season by putting Viktoria ahead midway through the first half of the first leg played at Arena Nationala.
However, FCSB showed great mental strength to come back on two separate occasions as Budescu and Filipe Teixeira scored goals for the Romanians, while Jan Kopic was the second-goal-scorer for Vrba’s side.
Viktoria Plzen vs Steaua Bucharest: Prediction
This just can’t be a low-scoring affair since both teams favour attacking football.
Moreover, the visitors need to chase the result and they will open themselves up from the beginning of the game which should leave plenty of room from killing counter attacks for the Czechs.
Viktoria Plzen vs Steaua Bucharest: Bet Tips
The BTTS pick is a banker bet at the odds of 1.80 with Bet365.
Braver punters will fancy Viktoria Plzen to win & BTTS at 3.35 odds.