Our prediction for this Czech First League match:
Banik Ostrava and Viktoria Plzen face each other at Mestsky stadion – Vitkovice Arena in what is expected to be a very exciting clash. Ostrava head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Zlin, and they are eager to put an end to their three-game winless run in the national championship. Lubos Kozel’s men are on the right track to book their place in the championship round, but they can’t afford any complacency in the remainder of the season.
Viktoria Plzen, on the other hand, aim to keep their title hopes alive. Adrian Gula’s men rolled over Mlada Boleslav 7-1 at the weekend, and it is no wonder they are seen as hot favourites to win the midweek fixture. Given the attacking potential of the two teams, a lively contest is on the cards, and we are tempted to put our money on over 2.5 goals.
Highlighted Team (Viktoria Plzen):
Despite being founded in 1911, Viktoria Plzen only won their first Czech First League trophy in 2011, with the team finishing the season just one point clear of Sparta Prague. The Viktorka continued to play an important role in Czech football and five years later they clinched their fourth domestic trophy.
Plzen impressed in the 2015/2016 Czech First League, finishing the season seven points above second-placed Sparta Prague. In the 2009/2010 season the team won their first ever Czech Cup trophy, beating Jablonec in the title game. The Viktorka participated in the 2013/2014 Champions League group stages, but they failed to record a good result in the elite competition, picking up just three from possible 18 points in Group D. Doosan.
Arena is the home ground of Viktoria Plzen and the capacity of the stadium is 11 700. The venue was opened in 1955 and it was renovated twice (2003 and 2011). The likes of Miroslav Koubek, Pavel Vrba, Michal Bilek, Zdenek Michalek, Jaroslav Dockal, Milan Sip and Antonin Dvorak are some of the notable footballers who player for the club in the past.