Antwerp vs Viktoria Plzen
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
Antwerp finished regular season last year in Belgium sitting 6th in the table, but they… stepped on it in the extra round, finishing 4th, good enough to earn themselves this Europa League ticket. Actually, as 4th in Belgium, they didn’t have to play in the first two qualifying rounds. They have played official matches this summer, two, the last 10 days, both in their championship, impressing in both. Not only they beat Eupen (on the road) and Beveren, but they scored four goals past each. They are one of the five teams that have started the season in Belgium picking up all six possible points from their first two matches. Having written that, don’t be surprised if you check the table in a couple of days and you see Antwerp on just three points, and a 2 as their goal difference(!) Their coach, Romanian László Bölöni, in charge for two years now, committed a serious mistake last weekend, sending in a 17-year-old with 12 minutes on the clock. He was not in the official list for that game, the referee included that detail in his report, Beveren said they would be claiming the three points, and chances are, Antwerp will lose the game 5-0 on paper.
Viktoria Plzen got destroyed by Olympiacos in Greece last week, lost 4-0(!), and said goodbye to their dream of reaching the Champions League group stage. On Sunday they visited Bohemians 1905, and all they managed was a goalless draw, dropping their first points in Czechia’s championship, after three consecutive victories. It remains to be seen if they have it in them, mentally, to stand on their feet and get a positive result in Belgium.
Previous five matches:
Antwerp vs Beveren 4-1
Eupen vs Antwerp 1-4
Antwerp vs Valenciennes 0-0
Antwerp vs Lokomotiva Zagreb 2-0
Antwerp vs Magdeburg 1-1
Bohemians 1905 vs Viktoria Plzen 0-0
Olympiacos Piraeus vs Viktoria Plzen 4-0
Viktoria Plzen vs Karviná 3-2
Viktoria Plzen vs Olympiacos Piraeus 0-0
Slovan Liberec vs Viktoria Plzen 1-2
Antwerp’s next game is at Charleroi, on Sunday (Belgium championship). Same day, Viktoria will be hosting Slovácko (Czechia championship).
Antwerp vs Viktoria Plzen: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Antwerp vs Viktoria Plzen: Prediction
I like Antwerp’s chances of winning the game, partly because they looked very good in their Belgium championship matches the last 10 days, and partly because Plzen looked poor in their last three games.
Antwerp vs Viktoria Plzen: Betting Tips
The hosts’ win is at 2.38. Their double chance combined with “over 1.5” is at 1.91.