Viktoria Plzen vs Real Madrid Champions League Predictions

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Plzen vs Real Madrid

Wednesday November 7th, 20:00

Defending champions Real Madrid will look to get their season back on track as the visit Czech side Viktoria Plzen.

Predictions

Over the past three years if there was ever a time to play Real Madrid, it is now. The defending champions are in a spot of bother having fired manager Julen Lopetgui after a 5-1 defeat to Barcelona.

Plzen couldn’t make the most of the turmoil while Lopetegui was still in charge, losing 2-1 in their first encounter at the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have been bankers for so long, but few can reliably put money down a positive in their current state. But Plzen won’t inspire too much confidence either, losing at home in the cup to Banik Ostrava.

Expect a hard-fought low, scoring affair swinging either the way of Plzen or Madrid. If things are as bad as they seem, an unlikely victory may be on the cards for the Czech side, but a 1-1 draw is a little more possible.

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Real Madrid have three of their starting four defenders out injured, with Marcelo a particularly big miss for his offensive presence. That makeshift defence will go up against a team who has scored in each of their last 16 home matches.

This as well as the managerial turmoil opens the door for Plzen to get a positive result. Having failed to win a group game thus far, the threat of being knocked out if they lose and Roma beat CSKA is added motivation.

Real Madrid’s woes in front of goal have been well documented, nearly breaking a record for the most time without a goal after going four games without scoring.

A 4-0 win over third division side UD Melilla tells us little of how they have adapted

By this stage of the competition last year they had scored seven goals, and Ronaldo scored five of them. On the evidence of the past few months his absence has been severely underestimated.

Having only squeezed out a 2-1 win at home against the Czech side at home, they will find things tougher at the Doosan Arena on Tuesday

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Head-to-head

Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over Plzen is the result of the only meeting between the two sides thus far. Real Madrid’s last trip to the Czech Republic saw them beat Sparta Prague 3-2 on their way to winning the Champions League in 2002.

Real’s record in the country isn’t the best, with that 2002 meeting their only win in five games there (D2 L2).

Stats

  • Real Madrid have only lost five of their past 43 Champions League matches
  • Four of those losses came in their last 19 European matches.
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last six matches against Czech opposition.
  • Viktoria Plzen have never qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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