Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Plzen and Sonderjyske face each other at Doosan Arena in the third round of the Europa League qualifiers. Plzen failed to impress in the Champions League qualifiers, and, no doubt, they are eager to make amends for the unsuccessful qualifying campaign. The Czechs are a real force to be reckoned with at home, and you should know that they are on a nine-game winning run at home in the Europa League.
A man to watch in the home team will be Jean-David Beauguel, who has already found his goal-scoring touch at the start of the new domestic campaign. Sonderjyske, on the other hand, played their last game in the Europa League four years ago when they suffered a 3-2 loss to Sparta Prague. The Danes face yet another Czech outfit on Thursday evening, and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Plzen’s party at Doosan Arena.
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.