Plzeň vs Real Madrid: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Wednesday, November 7th 2018, @21:00
Štruncovy Sady Stadion Plzen
Managerless Real Madrid face a tricky trip to the Czech Republic to take on group G rock bottom side FC Viktoria Plzeň who may spy an opportunity to cause an almighty shock.
Real Madrid are a wounded animal right now and Czech champions Viktoria Plzen will know there will be few better opportunities to record a famous victory over the defending Champions League champions.
However, no matter Real’s troubles, they still possess undoubted quality on the pitch and will still rightly head to the Czech Republic as favourites.
Real have won their last four matched against Czech opponents and on their last visit to the country beat Sparta Praha 3-2 all the way back in 2001.
It is hard to bet against the Spaniards claiming a much-needed win more for just confidence and morale.
Do not expect a classic contest between these two with Real eager to get the job done with the minimum of fuss and an uninspiring repeat of Real’s 2-1 Santiago Bernabéu victory in match day three.
- Both teams to score
The last time these two met in Madrid, both teams scored in a 2-1 Real victory.
The Madrid side have also conceded in their last two Champions League outings while Plzen have conceded at least once in all three of their group games so far.
- Real Madrid to lead at half tim is 8/13
There is no value to be found in the Real outright win but backing Los Blancos to lead at the break offers a decent return.
That is also exactly what happened the last time the two met.
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Head to Head
Real Madrid’s 2-1 home victory over Plzen in match day three was the first time the pair had ever met in European competition.
Karim Benzema put Real 1-0 up in the 11th minute whilse Marcelo doubled the home sides lead in the 55th minute before Patrik Hrosovsky pulled one back for the visitors.
It is also the first time Real Madrid will have played a European match in the Czech Republic since 2001 when they beat Sparta Praha 3-2.
Overall, Real’s record in the Czech Republic stands at one win, two draws and two defeats to give the home side some hope.
- Real Madrid caretaker boss Santiago Solari scored the opening goal in Real’s last trip to Czech Republic in a 3-2 win over Sparta Praha.
- This season is the first time Plzen have ever automatically qualified for the group stage of the Champions League.
- Real Madrid are joint top of group G on six points while Plzen are bottom with just one point.
- Plzen have only won one of their seven European matches against Spanish opponents (one draw, five defeats).
- This is the 23rd season Real Madrid have competed in the Champions League.