Czech First League/Plzen vs Sigma Olomuc – Plzen ended up at the second place last season, while Olmuc at the 8th. Plzen won both their head-to-head played last season and it won 10 out of their last 12 matches, both in the league and the Cup, while two matches ended as a draw.
Game Plzen vs Sigma Olomuc begins 13.07.2019 at 19:30 CET
Since 2011, when it interrupted domination of two Prague based clubs – Slavia and Sparta, Plzen won even five out of nine possible champions’ titles in the Czech Republic. It ended up at the second place last year, having won 78 points, right behind Slavia, which won five points more. After the regular season they had lagged behind for four points but after the championship play-off the difference grew bigger.
Just like Slavia, they need to go through the qualifications for the UEFA Champions League. In last three preparatory matches Plzen won Russian Ufa 1-0, drew Azerbaijani Qarabag 2-2 and lost to Polish Legia by sound 0-3. Hejda scored the only goal against Ufa, while now Nigerian Ekpai and Slovak Prochazka are out of action due to injuries. Plzen wasn’t particularly active on footballers transfer market and it only returned several players from loans.
Probable lineups Plzen: Hruska, Hejda, Havel, Pernica, Brabec, Janosek, Kalvach, Cermak, Kopic, Beauguel, Kayamba.
Olomuc ended up at the eight place in the table last season; with 12 wins, 14 losses and just 4 draws, and had played in the play-off for the Europa League, however, Zlin eliminated them already in the quarter-finals after defeat away of 0-1 so home-triumph of 3-2 wasn’t enough to keep them in the race.
Olomuc lost the last preparatory match to Belgian Mouscorn 0-2. Just like Plezen they didn’t bring new players and have also returned their own players from loans. Olomuc had more problems with injures for this match as out of action are Buchta, Jemelka and Zahradnicek, while Hala, Pilar and Texl are questionable.
Probable lineups Sigma Olomuc: Mandous, Falta, Gressek, Huska, Jemelka, Plsek, Sladky, Streba, Zamrzly, Veprek, Yunis.
Betting Pick: Plzen vs Sigma Olomuc
Olomuc has only Czech and Slovak players, while Plzen also doesn’t have too many foreigners. On top of it Ekpai is injured, but nevertheless Plzen is a great favourite to win and it should triumph at the end.
Pick: Asian handicap Plzen -1
Odds: 1.70 at Unibet (down to 1.65 can be played)
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