Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football match at Arena Nationala pits together Astra and Viktoria Plzen, the two teams who aim to stay in the race for a place in the Europa League knockout stages. Astra did well to beat Viktoria Plzen in Czech Republic, with the team making amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Austria Wien and Roma. Yet another triumph over Plzen could see the Romanians climb to top two in Group E and we predict that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s Europa League game. Viktoria Plzen are leading the chase for the domestic trophy, but they have been playing below expectations in the Europa League group stages and, taking everything into account, home win appears on the horizon. You should bear in mind that Roman Pivarnik’s men failed to score in three of their last four away games in the competition.
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.