Monday 30 Jul

Plzen vs Liberec - Match Preview

30 Jul 2018 Ed Mackey CZECH REPUBLIC: 1. Liga
CZECH REPUBLIC: 1. Liga

FC Viktoria Plzen

  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

vs

Kick-off
16:00 GMT
30 July 2018

FC Slovan Liberec

  • L
  • W
  • W
  • D
  • W

Kick-off
16:00 GMT 30 July 2018

The Czech First League is back underway after a boring summer of football in the Czech Republic with no participation at the World Cup. Plzen and Liberec meet on Monday afternoon in both sides’ second fixture of the season.

STATS

  • Plzen had a very successful campaign last season as they won the league by seven points which automatically qualified them for the Champions League group stage. Despite going behind early on in their first game of the new season, Plzen came back to win 3-1 away from home against Dukla Praha. They are 8th going into the game, the highest of any team yet to play their second match.
  • Liberec missed out on a European place by just one place last term as they finished 7th, seven points away from the Europa League qualifiers. Like their upcoming opponents, they started the season with a win against Karviná. They won 1-0 and had to wait until the 85th minute to get the only goal of the game.
  • In Plzen’s 3-1 win, both Tomáš Horava and Michael Krmenčík scored either side of an own goal to ensure they got off to the perfect start.
  • Jan Pázler scored Liberec’s only goal of their opening match and the attacker will be hoping it’s the first of many this term.

HEAD TO HEAD

You’d have to go back five years for Liberec’s last victory against Plzen which spans a run of 12 matches. In the last seven league meetings between the sides, five of them have seen over 2.5 goals. In the return fixture last season in March, Liberec managed to salvage a 2-2 draw from 2-1 behind which will provide them with confidence ahead of Monday’s clash.

PLZEN NEWS

It’s vital that Plzen build on their opening game win by picking up another three points in this one. Lukáš Hejda and Daniel Kolár are both injured and aren’t expected to feature.

Latest matches: FC Viktoria Plzen

20.07.2018 1. L Dukla Prague FC Viktoria Plzen 1:3 W
10.07.2018 Club FC Viktoria Plzen Wacker Innsbruck 2:0 W
06.07.2018 Club FC Viktoria Plzen RFK Terek Grozny 4:0 W
01.07.2018 Club SK Dynamo Ceske Budejovice FC Viktoria Plzen 3:4 W
27.06.2018 Club Banik Sokolov FC Viktoria Plzen 0:2 W

LIBEREC NEWS

With three points on the board already, it would be unrealistic to expect another Liberec win here. They are without their goal scorer from the last game, Jan Pázler as he is injured.

Latest matches: FC Slovan Liberec

21.07.2018 1. L FC Slovan Liberec MFK Karvina 1:0 W
15.07.2018 Club FC Slovan Liberec WKS Slask Wroclaw 1:1 D
06.07.2018 Club SV Josko Ried FC Slovan Liberec 0:2 W
29.06.2018 Club FC Oberlausitz Neugersdorf FC Slovan Liberec 0:1 W
29.06.2018 Club FC Slovan Liberec FK Varnsdorf 2:4 L

SUMMARY

The reigning champions should extend their winning streak to two on Monday against a Liberec side that may struggle to get any kind of grip on the game. The visitors shouldn’t be completely written off but Plzen are certainly favourites to come away with their second win of the season.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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