Viktoria Plzen take on the visitors CSKA Moscow at the Doosan Arena in the Round 1 of the UEFA Champions League Group G. The match will be played in Plzen on Wednesday, September 19th.
Viktoria Plzen got drawn to the Group G along with CSKA Moscow, Real Madrid and Roma. The Viktorka are the clear outsider of the group but they can prove everyone wrong in their first round fixture against the Russians already. The team of Pavel Vrba has been undefeated on their home field for ten Czech First League matches. They often get the points confidently and give a fight to any team in front of their home crowd. It`s worth noting that the Czech are good at adjusting for the playing style of their opponents. In their last three matches Viktoria Plzen beat Opava with a 1-0 score, lost to Slavia Prague with a 0-4 score and beat Mlada Boleslav with a 6-1 score.
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CSKA Moscow have gotten weaker lately. Now they have to rectify the situation both in their local league and in the UEFA Champions League. There are no injured players in the team so all of their key footballers should be ready for their upcoming fixture against Viktoria Plzen. It`s worth noting that their star midfielder Aleksandr Golovin left the team last summer and there was no replacement for him. At least the Koni were able to keep their main goalie Igor Akinfeev in the team so they could be relatively calm about their goal. In their last three matches CSKA Moscow beat Ufa with a 3-0 score, lost to Arsenal Tula with a 1-2 score and beat Ural with a 4-0 score.
Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow have already faced each other in the Champions League in 2013. Back then the Viktorka have beaten the Koni with a 2-1 score in front of their home crowd. The upcoming fixture will be a tough one for the team of Viktor Goncharenko because Viktoria Plzen are about the same level they are. The home crowd advantage is likely to be crucial for the team of Pavel Vrba though so they should not lose on Wednesday at least.
Prediction for the match: Viktoria Plzen to win with 0 handicap.