Roma vs Viktoria Plzen - Free Betting Tips

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Roma look to get back on their feet in this season’s Champions League after an opening-night trouncing at holders Real Madrid. Their opponents at the Stadio Olimpico are Czech champions Viktoria, who picked up a point in their first game and, as of this moment, sit above the Italian side. The bulk of Roma vs Viktoria Plzen betting tips suggest that that won’t be the case for long, as the hosts should win this one comfortably – but stranger things have happened than a shock result here.

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02. October 2018 | 20:00
Football » Champions League

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Roma (-2)
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Edin Dzeko to score first
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3-0 Roma
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The hosts are comfortable favourites here, so there isn’t much value in just backing them to win. Giving Viktoria a head-start of two goals, though, makes it interesting, and Roma (-2) are nicely priced at 15/8 (Toals) to still pick up the win. Perhaps the Roma vs Viktoria Plzen best odds are on the hosts’ prolific striker Edin Dezko to get the first goal. He’s 5/2 with NetBet and hugely reliable in games like this, so worth backing here. If you want longer odds, then a look at the correct score option might be your soundest choice. We found 13/2 at Paddy Power for the Romans to win this one 3-0, which seems like a good shout.

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Roma (-2)
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13/2
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3-0 Roma
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Roma vs Viktoria Plzen Betting Tips: Form Guide

Giallorossi Find A Kick-Start

Not much has gone right for Roma in the 2018/19 season so far. They finished third in the league last season, and went all the way to the semi-finals of this competition, but August and September of this campaign have shown little evidence that they are the same team. They opened the season with a decent 1-0 win at Torino, but then went five games in all competitions without triumphing again. During that time, they even had time to play a friendly against Benevento and lose that, too. Included in that run of shame was a 3-0 defeat at Real Madrid, which got their Champions League campaign off to the worst possible start.

Recent fixtures have seen Roma start to rediscover some of the form of last season. Granted, a home game against Frosinone might as well have been designed to give teams a jump-start, but Roma certainly didn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, and they picked up a 4-0 win. This seems to have sparked them into life, and they came into the weekend’s Rome derby with Lazio in much better mood. They came out of it even happier, as goals from Pellegrini, Kolarov and Fazio secured a 3-1 win over their hated rivals. Now Roma just need to get their European season started and maybe things can move in the right direction.

Although the Roma vs Viktoria Plzen betting tips for today naturally favour the hosts and bigger side, Eusebio di Francesco will not take anything for granted. His side have not hit the heights on a consistent enough basis, and they may have to face this match in the absence of attacking playmaker Javier Pastore, who came off after 37 minutes against Lazio. The Argentinian, signed in the summer from PSG, has been one of their better performers this season.

Viktoria Look To Avoid Humiliation

This is Viktoria’s third shot at the group stages of the Champions League, and the third time the draw has paired them with some of Europe’s toughest sides. Past competitions have brought them into competition with Bayern Munich, Manchester City, Barcelona and Milan. This time, Roma and Real Madrid await them and so, presumably, does an early exit. They will hope above all things that they can finish third and play in the Europa League, and an opening 2-2 draw with CSKA was a step towards that goal. It could have been better, though, as two goals from star striker Michal Krmencik had put them 2-0 up.

Presently, the side from the Doosan Arena sit second in the Czech League, behind Slavia Prague on goal difference. The side from the capital took advantage of a recent slip-up when, a few days after the draw with CSKA, Viktoria fell to a surprise 3-0 defeat at Jablonec. Following on from a 4-0 loss at Slavia at the beginning of September, the signs are that if Viktoria get behind early on, they may well be vulnerable to a right pasting. This is information that will not be lost on Di Francesco. Manager Pavel Vrba will point out that his side are capable of handing out a thumping, too. A recent visit from Mlada Boleslav ended in a 6-1 win including a hat-trick for Krmencik.

Perhaps the most important thing to take from all of the Roma vs Viktoria Plzen match previews is the importance of Krmencik to the side. If he fires, then they can present a challenge for their opponents. Mark him out of the game, or cut off the supply from his midfielders, and the entire side begins to look very ordinary. If Roma can get their shape and defensive assigments right, it may be a long night for Viktoria.

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The Last Five Games

Roma VS. Viktoria Plzen

  • Roma Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Roma Goals9 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Viktoria Plzen Form2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Viktoria Plzen Goals4 goals in the last 5 matches
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Roma vs Viktoria Plzen Preview: Recent Meetings

There is a small amount of history between these sides, as they met two seasons ago in the group stages of the Europa League. The good news for Viktoria is that they managed a draw in the home game after getting off to the worst possible start. Diego Perotti slotted a penalty for the visitors after just four minutes, but on that occasion there was no collapse for the Czech side, who hit back just seven minutes later through Marek Bakos. A pretty even game ensued, with no further goals in a 1-1 draw.

The bad news for Viktoria is that tonight’s match is in Rome, and the corresponding fixture two years ago ended in a 4-1 win for Roma. Again the sides swapped goals early on, Dzeko scoring for the hosts on 11 minutes before a Zeman equaliser evened things up on 18. The second half saw Roma take flight, Dzeko completing a hat-trick either side of an own-goal from visiting defender Mateju.

Roma vs Viktoria Plzen Prediction: Heavy Home Win

Roma are playing catch-up in this season’s Champions League, having lost heavily on the opening Matchday; it is imperative that they take full points tonight and ideally, they will want to score a few goals in case anything ends up being decided on goal difference. Viktoria are something of a wild card in this respect – as we’ve seen, they have managed decent results against opponents of this quality in seasons past, and they start the night ahead of Roma in the group. On the other hand, evidence from their own domestic league has shown that they can be vulnerable to a hammering when they concede early.

Our prediction, with everything that is at stake and in light of the teams’ respective strengths and weaknesses, is that the home side will win this one and they will do it by a wide margin. Plzen will need everything to go their way to avoid a real thumping here, and we just don’t see them having the quality to prevent Roma’s attackers – Dzeko, el Sharaawy, Under and others – from taking advantage of their weaknesses. It all adds up to a Roma vs Viktoria Plzen prediction of Roma 3 (at least), Viktoria 0.

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