Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 14 February 2019
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Doosan Arena (Plzen).
Both Viktoria Plzen and Dinamo see a nice chance to reach the last 16 round of the competition since the draw did not give them a heavyweight opposition at this stage. The hosts enter the Europa League campaign following a third-place finish in Champions League Group G behind the likes of Real Madrid and Roma. Croatian champions enjoyed a remarkable run in their respective Europa League group, though, topping it with four wins and two draws in the process.
Plzen only secured the third-place finish thanks to a pair of separate 2-1 wins over CSKA Moscow and Roma in last two rounds. They ended the campaign lock on points with the Russian side, but advanced to Europa League on a better head to head record.
Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb: Head-to-head
The two likes did not have the opportunity to meet each other in the past.
Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb: Prediction
Viktoria’s defensive line was super vulnerable allowing 16 goals in six Champions League ties in the group phase. Given Dinamo’s attack bagged a fine 11-goal tally in Europa League Group G, we have reasons to expect the visitors to cause problems in the final third here.
On the other hand, Croatian champions allowed only three goals in their six group phase affairs. This is why we fancy the visitors not to lose the first leg at Doosan Arena at the odds of 1.60. Dinamo have a massive 14-point lead at the top of the standings in Croatian elite class and they started the year with back-to-back home wins over Rudes and Istra 1961 (8-2 goal difference in the process).
Plzen will have a mountain to climb to defend their Czech Liga silverware as they are six points shy of leaders Slavia Prague after 20 rounds. They disappointed in the first game after the winter break playing only a 1-1 draw away at Mlada Boleslav last weekend.
Since Plzen managed to find the back of the net in four of six Champions League affairs (against the likes of Roma, Real Madrid and CSKA Moscow), we can clearly expect them to do so against the Croatian opposition on the home patch. Both teams to score is well worth backing at 1.80.
Viktoria Plzen vs Dinamo Zagreb: Bet Tips
Dinamo Zagreb or Draw @ 1.60 (3/5)
BTTS @ 1.80 (4/5).