Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen
UEFA Champions League
Date: 23rd October 2018
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid.
If under-fire coach Julen Lopetegui will ever have a breather, it is now, it is this match. Mess up this opportunity and with the El Clasico looming next weekend, it’s probably goodbye to his career at the Spanish capital.
After almost eight hours of not scoring a goal, a new club record, Madrid finally found the back of the net in last match against Levante, courtesy Marcelo. The match was lost however. A home league defeat against underdogs Levante.
The five-time Czech Republic champions, Viktoria Plzen, will fancy their chances against the Spanish side in this tie, but their away form is a cause for concern.
Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen: Key Stats
Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen: Head-to-head (h2h)
Real Madrid have an overall record of 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses from 10 competitive matches against Czech clubs.
The Los Blancos are unbeaten at home against Czech sides after bagging 4 wins and 1 draw from 5 matches.
Viktoria Plzen have a poor record against Spanish clubs, 1 win, 1 draw and 4 losses from 6 games so far.
The Viktorka lost all their previous 3 away matches in Spain without scoring.
Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen: Prediction
This is the last chance for the three-time defending champions to silence their vehement critics before the Clasico. Expect Real Madrid to take this chance wholeheartedly and vent their frustrations on the poor Czech side.
The visitors are huge underdogs and they stand no chance against the European heavyweights. The only thing for them to look up to is Real Madrid’s bad recent form. But it would probably come to an end by this match.
Expect the home side to outscore the guests by at least three goals.
Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen Betting Tips
European Handicap: Real Madrid -2 @ 1.53 (6/11)
Over 2.5 goals @ 1.40 (2/5).