A total of twelve first leg matches were played last week in the second qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. It fell 28 goals, so significantly more than two per game. The only exception was the match between Viktoria Pilsen and Olympiacos Piraeus. In the duel between the Czech and the Greek runners-up, no team scored a goal, so everything is open before the return leg next Tuesday. Due to the now in the Greek port city wandering home advantage Olympiacos Piraeus is considered against Viktoria Pilsen according to the odds with a very clear role favorites. However, whether this is actually justified in this clarity, seems questionable, because at least in terms of match practice, the Viktoria should have the benefits on their side.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Viktoria Plzen Today’s Betting Prediction
While the league play operation in the country of the European champion of 2004 begins only on 24 August, the Czechs have already completed three matches in the domestic league and won all. In addition, a goalless draw from a week ago is also a big risk, as Pavel Vrba’s starting position would improve dramatically in the event of a single away goal. For this reason, we think before the return match between Olympiacos Piraeus and Viktoria Pilsen also the tip for a progress of the supposed outsider for lucrative. At odds of 2.25 for a move of the Red-Blue in the third qualifying round, an average bet is quite reasonable. By the way, the Turkish vice-champion Istanbul Basaksehir is waiting for the winner in round three.
The days when Olympiacos Piraeus dominated Greek club football are obviously over. While the Red and Whites in the 13 years between 1996 and 2009, for example, twelve championships in the city with the largest passenger port in Europe and were also able to celebrate seven titles in a row in the domestic league between 2010 and 2017, the current losing streak already takes two seasons , In 2017/2018, the record champion had to settle for third place; in the previous year it was only enough for second place. The motto for the upcoming game year is therefore quickly spent: The team of the Portuguese coach Martins would like to make the three-way battle with PAOK Salonika and AEK Athens this time successfully.
On the one hand, the proud Greeks have always had great sympathy and ambition for the duels on the international stage. On the other hand, the matches serve as an ideal preparation for the league and, of course, at best, still throw the one or the other euro in profit. That the pursuit of success, however, can not be automatically equated with the same, was evident in the second round first leg of the Champions League qualifiers last week.
In the away game in Pilsen, the Greeks presented in no good shape. For the entire 90 minutes, the red-whites gave no shot on goal and had much less possession than the superior opponent, but missed the benefits in hit. The most positive thing at the end of the day was the final result, which gives the Hellenes every opportunity to make the third round entry on Tuesday in the second leg. Nevertheless, before the second match between Olympiacos Piraeus and Viktoria Pilsen, we predict that the lack of match practice and the (still) lack of competition can not be compensated by the home advantage.
Unlike the Czechs, the Super League in Greece only starts in more than three weeks. The Martins-Elf is therefore in the midst of preparation and also has to integrate numerous new players. Freely translated: The date of the second leg could hardly be worse for the supposed favorites. In addition, it has to be seen whether the Karaiskakis Stadium can turn into a cauldron immediately and thus help the players to an additional motivation boost. Otherwise, the traditional frenetic backdrop could also develop to the detriment, as in the case of a goal the euphoria promises to quickly turn into an uncomfortable pressure situation.
To make matters worse, that with Captain Fourtounis or Christodoloupoulos continue to fail important players. New signing Mathieu Valbuena and substitute captain and defender Papadopoulos had to be replaced in the first leg. Your bets are questionable.
Expected formation of Olympiacos Piraeus:
➤ Sa – Tsimikas, Semedo, Ba, Elabdelloui – Guillherme, Bouchalakis – Randjelovic, Valbuena (Camara), Podence – Guerrero
➤ Coach: Martins
Last matches of Olympiacos Piraeus:
⚽️ 23.07.2019 – Viktoria Pilsen Vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 0: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 16.07.2019 – Olympiacos Piraeus vs. Nottingham Forest 3: 0 (Friendly Match)
⚽️ 10.07.2019 – Olympiacos Piraeus vs HSV 1: 1 (friendly match)
⚽️ 08.07.2019 – Olympiakos vs. Piraeus. Dynamo Kiev 1: 1 (friendly)
⚽️ 05.07.2019 – Jagiellonia Bialystok vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 0: 5 (Friendly Match)
Just last year, Viktoria Pilsen caused a sensation in the UEFA Champions League. Although the Red-Blue failed in the first round, but were after six games very respectable seven points in a group with Real Madrid, AS Roma and CSKA Moscow. To ensure that the reigning Czech runner-up will again win the ticket for the select field of the 32 participants in 2019/2020, it will need a similarly courageous performance on Tuesday evening in the second-round return leg in Greece as in the previous week.
The only reproach that the men of Coach Pavel Vrba had to make was the lack of opportunity. The Czechs had some good chances to score, but finally had to settle for the goalless draw. Nevertheless, the 90 minutes before the home crowd showed that the footballers from the beer city are definitely in a position to put the Greeks in great trouble. Because at this early stage of the season not only the existing potential is decisive for victory or defeat, but primarily other factors play a role, we would tend to choose between Olympiacos Piraeus and Viktoria Pilsen for the higher odds in favor of the guests this time.
The most plausible justification provides the often discussed game practice. The Viktoria already denies the fifth competitive match of the current season on Tuesday, while Olympiakos will start in only four weeks into the domestic league. This physical advantage can not be denied. We expect more lively Czechs, who can also go a higher pace over a longer distance. In addition, the Pilsener are bursting with self-confidence, after the start in the Fortuna league with nine points from three matches excellently.
Only on the weekend there was a 3-2 victory against Karvina, in which once again knew how to convince the offensive. No other team scored more on the first three matchdays in the Czech Republic than the multiple titleholder. Due to injury coach Vrba only has to replace Hubnik and Cisovsky on Tuesday.
Expected formation of Viktoria Plzen:
➤ Hruska – Limbersky, Brabec, Pernica, Reznik – Janosek, Hrosovsky – Kopic, Mihalik, Kayamba – Krmencik
➤ Coach: Vrba
Last matches of Viktoria Plzen:
⚽️ 27.07.2019 – Viktoria Plzen vs. Karvina 3: 2 (Czech League)
⚽️ 23.07.2019 – Viktoria Plzen Vs. Olympiacos Piraeus 0: 0 (Champions League)
⚽️ 19.07.2019 – Liberec Vs. Viktoria Plzen 1: 2 (Czech League)
⚽️ 13.07.2019 – Viktoria Plzen Vs. Sigma Olomouc 3: 1 (Czech League)
⚽️ 05.07.2019 – FC Ufa vs Viktoria Plzen 0: 1 (friendly)
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Viktoria Plzen Direct Comparison & Statistics Highlights
In the first leg, the two teams faced each other for the first time in a competitive match. As already indicated, the Czech runner-up was the dominant player, who also gave 6: 0 shots on goal and yet remained without a goal. Whether the Vrba-Elf in the Greek cauldron can bring a similarly good performance.
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Viktoria Plzen Our Best Betting Predictions Explained
One of the most thrilling returns in the second round of the UEFA Champions League qualifiers is scheduled for Tuesday night at Karaiskakis Stadium. Between Olympiakos Piraeus and Viktoria Pilsen, the betting odds imply a favorite role in favor of the home side, but the Czechs should not be underestimated. In the first leg a week ago, the Red-Blue were the clear better team that deserved to win. In the end, it remained 0-0, which is why the starting position promises a pretty exciting return game. If the guests of Coach Vrba score, the Greeks would need two goals to reach the next round.
Key Facts – Olympiacos Piraeus vs Viktoria Plzen tips
🔻 Olympiakos Piraeus did not miss the goal in the first leg a week ago
🔻 Pilsen has already completed four competitive games …
🔻 … the season in Greece, however, begins on 24 August
Because the Pilsener have more match practice, started with three wins in the Czech league and also should have physical advantages at this time of the season, we like the odds on the supposed outsider better than the lower prices on a progress of the hosts. The Greek runner-up could not even convince us a week ago and also has to renounce important achievers due to injury.
The bottom line is that between Olympiakos Piraeus and Viktoria Pilsen we decide for the tip that the Czechs will reach the next round and meet Istanbul Basaksehir there. We risk a bet of six units.
Betting Prediction: Pilsen