Our football match prediction:
Austria Wien kicked off their Europa League campaign in style, with the team beating Astra in Romania (3-2). The Austrians, though, suffered back-to-back defeats to the likes of Salzburg and Admira in previous two league games and the lack of confidence might prove to be the team’s biggest problem in Thursday’s football match against Viktoria Plzen. Anyhow, the hosts are likely to stick to their attacking style of play and we predict that Thorsten Fink’s men are going to find the net in their second group game. Plzen played out a 1-1 draw with Roma in their Europa League opener and, no doubt, the visitors will be happy with one point from the Ernst-Happel-Stadion clash. The Czech side defeated Teplice in the national championship at the weekend and it has to be noted that they are on a seven-game unbeaten run in all competitions ahead of the trip to the capital of Austria.
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.