Viktoria Plzen hosts Olympiakos Piraeus in the first leg of the Champions League qualification quarterfinals. The match will be played on Tuesday, July 23rd at Doosan Aréna (Plzen)
The Czech team has more than 100 years of history. Over the past couple of decades, it managed to gain a foothold in the status of one of the strongest clubs in the country. The club is famous for its excellent football academy, in particular, Peter Cech and Pavel Nedved started there. Since 2011, Viktoria has finished in the top of the local championship, and it has become the champion of the Czech Republic 5 times. In the European Cup arena, Viktoria regularly reaches the group round and often makes its way into the spring part of the Europa League. Viktoria can be commended for last season in the Champions League. The team got into a very serious group with Real, Roma and CSKA, but it managed to earn 7 points and outrank the “army team”. In the spring matches of the Europa League, Viktoria met with Dynamo Zagreb and lost 2: 4 on the average of two matches (2:1 win at home and away defeat 0:3).
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The team from Piraeus is the most powerful and titled in their country. Olympiakos also represents Greece in the international arena. The team has not yet relegated from the top division, and it has become the champion 44 times. As for European tournaments, Olympiakos sometimes performs well - it managed to reach the Champions League quarterfinals twice. Olympiakos began the last season in the qualification of the Europa League, defeating Lucerne and Burnley. The group was very difficult, but the team took second place after Betis an ahead of Milan. But in the playoffs, Olympiacos immediately lost to Dynamo Kyiv (2:2, 0:1).
Viktoria must definitely get a positive result in the home arena; otherwise, in the case of loss, the team may not even go to Greece. The fact is that Viktoria, and even more so Olympiakos, is a home team. Viktoria concedes very little in the home arena, and Olympiakos is a team that mainly plays counterattacks first. Surely, we will see a boring match where there will be a few goal attempts.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 goals scored