Plzen – AS Roma SOCCER PICKS
Viktoria Plzeň and Roma meet at Doosan Arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (Group Stage). The record of direct confrontations of the last 3 years is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 3 matches won 2 and drew 1.
The home team is currently in the 3 rd position, with 4 points won, after 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost at home against Real Madrid by (0-5). In the last match, they won in an away match against CSKA Moscow, by (1-2). In the last match they played, for the Czech League, they won against Zlín by (0-2). In the last 10 home matches Viktoria Plzeň has won 6, tied 2 and lost 2. They have not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered at least one goal in each of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 7 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 7 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 4 of their 8 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Viktoria Plzen is a club that does not have any title of the Champions League yet, having as its most important title in its history the Czech League (Championship of the Czech Slovakia), a competition won five times. In the current season, the team has been doing an irregular campaign in Group G of the Champions League, since it has won four of the fifteen points played so far, being five points behind the second classified and eight points behind the leader. In the last five games that Viktoria Plzen played at home, for several competitions, all of them scored more than 1.5 goals for the two teams. We believe that in this confrontation the Viktoria Plzen, for playing at home, will have conditions to re-score their goals and promote a more open game.
The away team is currently in the 2ª position, with 9 points won, after 3 wins and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against CSKA Moscow, by (1-2). In the last match, they lost at home against Real Madrid, by (0-2). The team comes to this match after a draw away with the Cagliari by (2-2). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Roma won 2, drew 3 and lost 5. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback. In the last 20 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 13 of their 33 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
Roma is a club that never managed to conquer the Champions League, having as its most outstanding campaign the final in the 1983/84 season, as well as having three Serie A TIM titles (Italian Championship). In the current season, the team has had a relatively good campaign in Group G of the Champions League, since it has won nine of the fifteen points played so far, three points behind the first classified. In the last five games that Roma played as a visitor, for more than one competition, four of them scored more than 1.5 goals. We believe that in this confrontation the Roma, looking for a positive marker to reach the leadership of the group, will try to score their goals and thus will make a more open game.