Partizan Belgrade

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Partizan Stadium

15/02/2018 | 8:05 pm

Viktoria Plzeň

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Partizan Stadium

15/02/2018 | 8:05 pm

In a sentence: This is not a fixture which will reverberate around Europe, but it’s sure to be fiercely contested.

Last time: These sides have never previously met. Both teams have won twice against teams from their opponent’s country in the past, though.

This time: Partizan Belgrade are 32/19 to win with Viktoria Plzen at 79/40 and the draw 12/5.

You might remember:  Viktoria Plzen winning home and away against Serbian opponents in 2015. FK Vojvodina were dispatched 5-0 on aggregate. Ďuriš, Kopic (with two), Vaněk and an own goal from Djurić saw Plzen through in style.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Partizan Belgrade’s Partizan Stadium will host Viktoria Plzen in the Europa League

Neither side has played any football for approximately two months, which makes it impossible to know who is in the best form. Plzen are placed 51st in UEFA’s rankings of Europe’s sides whilst Partizan Belgrade are 80th, so the visitors will be the favourites to proceed.

Partizan Belgrade are 32/19 to win, and they won two of their three home matches in the group stage. They were also 2-0 up against Dynamo Kiev in the other game, but the Ukranian side stormed back to win 3-2. Partizan have only lost one of their 11 home matches in the league this season, so are in decent form on their own turf.

Viktoria Plzen are priced at 79/40 to claim victory. They won one and lost two of their three away matches in the group stage. It was a vital win though, as it was in the final match and it saw them top Group G. In the Czech league this season they have won seven and drawn one of their eight away games, so they certainly know how to win on the road.

The draw can be backed at 12/5. Partizan Belgrade have drawn five of their 11 home league matches in 2017/18, and they have all come in their last six on home turf. They have form for stalemates and will want to ensure they don’t lose before the return leg next week.

Zoran Tosic is 8/1 to score the opening goal of the game, or he is available at 31/10 to find the net at some point. He scored once in the group stage, getting the first goal of a 2-0 win over Skenderbeu. He has also scored against Plzen in the past, as he faced them with CSKA Moscow in 2013/14.

Michal Krmencik is 7/4 to bag a goal during the match, or 5/1 to break the deadlock with the first of the game. He scored three goals in the group stage, including one in their away match at FC Lugano.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A high card count. Parizan Belgrade were shown the second most yellow cards of the teams in the group stage. As the underdogs in this tie they will surely make life very difficult for the visitors, so there could be plenty of bookings.

2

We fancy:

Over 2.5 goals, at 34/25. Partizan Belgrade saw this happen in two of their three home matches in the group stage, and Plzen had at least three goals in the same number of away games. This could be an entertaining encounter.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Plzen to win 3-0, at 40/1. If they can win by that scoreline at Napoli, as they did a few years ago, then they definitely can here.

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Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.