AS Roma vs Viktoria Plzen
UEFA Europa League – Matchday 5
Date: Thursday, 24th November 2016,
Kick-Off at 20:05 UK
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome.
AS Roma need a point to qualify for the knock out stages when they meet Viktoria Plzen for round 5 of the UEFA Europa League 2016/17.
The Serie A giants have accumulated 8 points from their 4 matches so far with an unbeaten run which included 2 wins and 2 draws. They are top of Group E with second placed Austria Wien staying at a 3 points distance. Roma just need to take one more point from their remaining two matches.
Victoria Plzen are at the foot of the table and have only managed 3 points from their 4 matches so far. All points came through draws, which means they are yet to register a win in the tournament. Mathematically, they still have a chance to make it out of the group. Wins in remaining two matches will do the trick for them
AS Roma vs Viktoria Plzen: head-to-head stats
The teams settled for a 1-1 draw when they met on matchday one of the group stage at Plzen. Diego Perotti scored for Roma within 4 minutes after kick-off which was cancelled out by a 11th goal from Marek Bakos. This is the only meeting between Roma and Plzen in a UEFA competition.
Roma’s only other Czech opposition is Slavia Prague whom they met during the quarter finals of 1996 UEFA Cup. The Italians crashed out of the tournament after failing to overturn a 2-0 defeat in Prague. However, they came close with a 3-1 win in the return leg, but fell short on away goal rule.
Viktoria Plzen have met Serie A clubs on 4 previous occasions with the oppositions being SS Napoli and AC Milan. The Czech side hold a good record after registering 2 wins, 2 draws and a loss.
AS Roma vs Viktoria Plzen: Prediction
Roma just witnessed their 9 match unbeaten run halted by a 2-1 defeat to Atalanta on the weekend. And they will be keen to avoid another slip, especially with the match playing at their own backyard. Luckily for them, Viktoria Plzen are a side on a terrible run in this season’s Europa League. They have failed to win in the last 9 matches in this edition of the tournament including those in the qualifying round. Roma are a quality side and they are expected to earn a win and sent Plzen out of the tournament on Wednesday night.
AS Roma vs Viktoria Plzen: Bet Tips
Roma to win at 1.36
Over 2.5 goals at 1.45.