Steaua Bucharest vs Viktoria Plzen
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Tuesday, 25th June 2017
Kick-off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: National Arena.
Teams look to claw back into Champions League group phase after a three year absence.
Both made their last entry to the Champions League in 2013/14 season and failed to make it out of their respective groups. Steaua finished at the rock bottom of a group that includes Chelsea, Schalke and Basel. Meantime, Viktoria Plzen got into the Europa League knockout phase after positioning at third behind Bayern Munich and Man City, above above CSKA Moscow.
Steaua Bucharest defeated Czech outfit Sparta Prague in the third qualifying round of the previous season. They were then eliminated from the tournament by Manchester City. The Romanians made it to the Europa League group phase on 2014/15 and 2016/17.
Plzen qualified for Europa League in last two seasons. They were in the Champions League qualifying third round on both occasions. They lost in the third round on 2015/16 and in the play-offs in 2016/17.
Steaua Bucharest vs Viktoria Plzen: Head-to-head
This will be the first meeting between Steaua Bucharest and Viktoria Plzen.
In UEFA competitions, the Romanian and Czech sides share an even record in match between clubs from the nations, 2 wins and 4 draws.
Plzen are win-less in previous 8 matches against Romanian clubs, 2 wins and 4 draws.
Steaua visited Czech Republic at the same round last season and returned with a 1-1 draw against Sparta Prague. The finished off the tie with a comfortable 2-0 win back home.
Steaua Bucharest vs Viktoria Plzen: Prediction
The Romanians are slight favourites in this fixture, aided by the depleted squad of Viktoria Plzen. The Czech have to it all without the services of six first team players, all missing due to injury.
With National Arena being a tough venue for visiting sides, we can bank on a home win with full confidence.
Steaua Bucharest vs Viktoria Plzen: Bet Tips
FT – Steaua to win for 2.40 odds with Unibet.
Correct FT Score: 2-0 Steaua for 11.00 odds with William Hill.