Our football match prediction:
Buoyed by a 4-1 win over Lugano, Viktoria Plzen square off against Steaua at their Doosan Arena and a win over the Romanian side should see Pavel Vrba’s men advance to the Europa League last 32. The Viktorka have been impressive in the national championship this season and they are on the right track to win the domestic trophy. Seeing that Plzen are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Thursday evening. Michail Krmencik, who scored a brace in the 4-1 win over Lugano, will be the man to watch in the home team and he is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders. Thanks to a 1-1 draw with Hapoel Be’er Sheva Steaua booked their place in the knockout stages and that is yet another reason why we are positive the hosts will pick up all three points from Thursday’s football game.
Highlighted Player (Patrik Hrosovsky):
Born in Prievidza, Czechoslovakia, Patrik Hrosovsky is a midfielder who plays for Viktoria Plzen. Patrik Hrosovsky started his youth career at his hometown club Prievidza and he played for the youth team of Trencin as well before joining Viktoria Plzen. The Slovakian footballer has been playing for the Viktorka ever since, but it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Sokolov, Usti nad Labem and Znojmo on loan as well. Patrik Hrosovsky made his Slovakia debut on November 19, 2014 in a friendly game against Finland. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as both defensive midfielder and attacking midfielder as well. Hrosovsky has yet to find the net with the Slovakia national football team, but he found the net for the U21 team in a 7-1 win over Luxembourg at the 2015 European Championship. He has a contract with Viktoria Plzen which expires on June 30, 2019.
Highlighted Team (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since. In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown. Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.