Barcelona VS Viktoria Plzeň Football Match Score 7 Sept 2022
Barcelona will be aiming to get their Champions League Group C campaign off to the best possible start when they welcome Viktoria Plzen to Camp Nou on Wednesday night. The Catalan outfit will enter the match off the back of a 3-0 win over Sevilla in La Liga on Saturday, while Plzen recorded a 1-0 victory over Slovan Liberec in Czech Liga in their last game. Barcelona found it difficult in their opening match of the 2022-23 La Liga season, being held to a goalless draw by Rayo Vallecano, but they have been excellent in their last three matches, recording three victories, scoring 11 times in the process and conceding just once.
Xavi’s side will now be bidding to begin their European campaign with a victory, and Group C is set to be a fascinating section, with Inter Milan and Bayern Munich also present alongside Barcelona and Plzen. The Catalan outfit failed to make it through the group stage of last season’s Champions League, finishing third in Group E behind Bayern and Benfica, and it is now seven years since they last lifted the European Cup. Barcelona were able to add a number of high-quality players to their squad over the summer despite their financial issues, including Robert Lewandowski, who has scored four times in his last two appearances, and the Poland international is certainly capable of firing the team to European success.
The matches against Plzen are likely to be crucial in this section, and Xavi’s team will be bidding to keep their run of wins going, as they prepare to take on Plzen, Cadiz, Bayern and Elche in their next four games ahead of the September international break. Plzen are the reigning champions of the Czech First League, which saw them book their spot in the second qualifying round of the 2022-23 Champions League.
Michal Bilek’s side have therefore already played six times in this season’s competition, beating HJK, Sheriff Tiraspol and Qarabag in order to secure their spot in the group stage of the tournament. Plzen are going to have to do something remarkable in order to advance through this section, but their run of European wins this season should mean that confidence is high, while the club have also been strong in the early stages of their league campaign, picking up 16 points from six matches to sit second.
The visitors will enter this match off the back of four straight wins in all competitions, including a 1-0 victory over Slovan Liberec in the league on Saturday. Bilek’s side, who last played in the group stage of the Champions League in 2018-19, have faced Barcelona on two previous occasions, with both fixtures taking place in the group stage of the 2011-12 tournament, and the Catalan outfit won 2-0 at home before recording a 4-0 victory away.
The first round of Champions League brings us a few close matchups. On first glance, Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen, scheduled for Wednesday, September 7th, is not one of them. Still, we have prepared a preview of this game for you, followed by some free betting tips.
There’s no denying that Viktoria Plzen is a good team and they are currently in great form with five straight wins in their domestic championship.
However, Barcelona is simply level above and they have also played well recently and have three wins in a row in La Liga. So, with them also hosting the game, Blaugrana should have no problems in this match and we expect a convincing with of three or more goals.
When you add one of the best strikers in the world to a team as loaded with offensive talent as Barcelona, you can expect certain outcome. And it seems that Lewandowski didn’t take long to click with his new teammates.
After all, the Polish forward already has five goals in four La Liga matches, so he is clearly in good form at the start of the season. So, we have no doubt that he will find the net against Viktoria as well, but the odds on him scoring are too low. So, we suggest betting on Lewandowski to score the first goal of the game.
A draw with Rayo Vallecano in the first round of La Liga was a surprising one and some fans might felt a bit worried after it, but Barcelona showed in the next three games that they will be fighting for titles this season. In the next three rounds, Barca notched all three wins, along with a goal difference of +10.
On top of that, Barcelona doesn’t have many injury concerns right now either, with Eric Garcia and Aubameyang being the only two doubtful players ahead of this game.
The Czech champions had to go through three rounds of Qualifiers to reach the Champions League group stages, so it was a tough task for Viktoria Plzen. However, the team managed to reach this stage by eliminating HJK, Sheriff, and Qarabag. On top of that, Viktoria currently has five wins and one draw in the first six rounds of the new season in Czech league.
That is why winning both matches against the Czech champions will be crucial to their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage, and Xavi Hernández’s troops must get all three points on Wednesday night. Here’s how we think Barça will line up against Plzen.
The matches against Plzen are likely to be crucial in this section, and Xavi’s team will be bidding to keep their run of wins going, as they prepare to take on Plzen, Cadiz, Bayern and Elche in their next four games ahead of the September international break.
It hardly had any meaningful impact on this contest but if you were on the lookout for a moment to typify how bafflingly off Chelsea have looked this season, Josip Misic delivered it for you in style. When the Dinamo Zagreb midfielder picked the ball up outside his own penalty area in the 35th minute he found no pressure on him. Why not see where I can get to, he seemed to conclude. Up and up into the Chelsea half he went only to find that not only were the opposition defenders not planning on coming out to him but the visiting midfield had no intention of tracking back either.
Somewhere inside the Chelsea half Misic seemed to get something of a nosebleed, venturing down to lower altitudes he turned back towards his own goal, assessed his options and knocked the ball on to Stefan Ristovski. In all this time there was not a defender within five yards of the Croat.