Viktoria Plzen vs CSKA Moscow
Date: Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK
Venue: Doosan Arena (Plzen).
Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow are going to face each other in the opening round of the Champions League on Wednesday evening.
The hosts are handled tough group as Real Madrid and Roma are top contenders for the knockout stage, so their only hope is to fight for the third place and moving to the Europa League. They are the top placed side along with Slavia Prague in the domestic championship as they suffered just one defeat in eight rounds played so far.
Pavel Vrba’s side has been fairly efficient in front of the oppositions’ goal, while their defence is doing a pretty fine job. Although home side doesn’t have any star players in their squad, they are a compact team which can pose troubles to more reputable clubs.
CSKA Moscow haven’t been too convincing at the beginning of the campaign as they have spilled too many points in the Russian Premier League so far. They are seven points behind Zenit, however Fedor Chalov and the lads tied five matches without losing.
The visitors are playing very disciplined in the back and they have conceded only three goals so far. it is unlikely that they can challenge the top two spots in the group and they should fully focus on these two matches against Viktoria Plzen in the battle for the Europa League.
Viktoria Plzen vs CSKA Moscow: Head-to-head
These two teams had three opportunities to face each other and both sides managed to book a win each.
They were drawn in the same CL group back in 2013 when both hosts celebrated in front of their fans, while their latest friendly clash ended with a goalless draw.
Viktoria Plzen vs CSKA Moscow: Prediction
This is the clash between two similarly strengthened sides and it wouldn’t be surprising if this one ends with a draw. It is going to be a close match and both sides should leave it undefeated.
These two sides have been playing very well in the back and they are going to come out with a bit more cautious approach than usual. The crowd shouldn’t be able to see more than two goals in this clash as both sides are pretty hard to crack.
Viktoria Plzen vs CSKA Moscow: Bet Tips
Full time Draw @ 3.25 (9/4)
Under 2.5 match goals @ 1.67 (2/3).