Viktoria Plzen vs Partizan
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 22 February 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Doosan Arena (Plzen).
Partizan showed a strong resistance in the first leg of their last 32 round tie with Viktoria Plzen, but the Czech Liga leaders managed to find the late equalizer through Radim Reznik to bring home a positive 1-1 draw from the first match in the Serbian capital.
Reznik’s goal might well prove out as the difference maker since the Serbian champions will really have a super tough task beating Plzen on the road. Viktorka have been impeccable so far in Europa League at Doosan Arena winning each of three group phase matches in front of the home crowd with ease against the likes of Hapoel Be’er Sheva, FCSB and Lugano. Additionally, Pavel Vrba’s men have bagged an impressive nine-goal tally in the process and there are no doubts Partizan’s defensive line will be on a serious test on Thursday evening.
Moreover, Plzen have won all of eight home matches in this term of Czech Liga conceding only twice along the way. Given that Partizan have been struggling for consistency throughout the season in their respective domestic league (nine points behind arch-rivals Red Star Belgrade at the top of the standings), we do feel this might turn out to be a one-way street for the Czechs here.
Viktoria Plzen vs Partizan: Head-to-head
The match played seven days ago in Belgrade was the first ever head to head encounter between the two teams.
The Serbian champions got the lead ten minutes into the second half through their top scorer Leandre Tawamba-Kana, but Plzen managed a last-gasp leveller.
Viktoria Plzen vs Partizan: Prediction
Given that Plzen are still impeccable in front of the home fans so far in the season, we just have to take the 1.66 odds offered for the home win here.
Partizan have drawn two and lost one of three group stage outings on the road netting only two goals in the process which is why we could also try with the hosts to keep a clean sheet here at the odds of 2.40.
Viktoria Plzen vs Partizan: Bet Tips
Viktoria Plzen to win @ 1.66
Viktoria Plzen to keep a clean sheet @ 2.40