Among many matches of the 3rd qualifying round of the Europa League, which will be held this Thursday, there will be a meeting between the Belgian “Antwerp” from the same city and Czech “Victoria Plzen”.
For both teams this will be the first game to LE, but if the home team will start the European season with the 3rd round, the guests got into it after being eliminated from the Champions League qualification.
The team, which on the basis of 2 meetings will be the best, go to the qualification round of the playoffs to knock out a place in the group stage or the Ukrainian “Mariupol”, or Dutch “Alkmaar of Sunstroke” (AZ).
- Viktoria Plzen
- The coefficients and forecast
The oldest football club of Belgium will become the Europa League from the 3rd qualifying round, because last season the First division A won the playoffs for the participation in the Eurocup after winning the Cup, “Mechelen” was removed after due to match-fixing.
If not for that, “Antwerp” would start from the 2nd round to the 3rd may not even be reached, although before the playoffs, it is not the fact that you will make it, given who was his opponent at this stage of the qualifying tournament.
However, the “Antwerp” already has experience of playing in a new campaign: he played both games the first couple rounds of the championship of Belgium and boasts a long unbeaten streak of 8 matches in a row, and only one of them is the team from Flanders did not score first.
With 4 of last 5 fights with the participation of the home team ended with goals from both teams, although rivals “Antwerp” goals scored to win did not help, and 8 out of 10 previous confrontations were at least 3 goals.
The Czech team last year participated in the group stage of the Champions League and finishing in 3rd place, came in the playoffs of the Europa League. This year it will be good if she gets to the group stage of the LE, but at least the play-offs.
In the status of Vice-champion of the Czech “Victoria Plzen” has begun the performance in the Europa League from the 2nd round of the qualifying tournament of the Champions League and normally held in the home game against Olympiacos Piraeus of the Greek and played with him in a goalless draw.
However, in the second leg in Greece, the “red-blue” suddenly lost with the score 4:0 and with the defeat of the left in the Europa League. If they lose as a result of both matches, and this time, Pilsen in the campaign 2019-20 does not see rivals from Europe.
Despite the elimination from Champions in the League of their country, “Victoria” goes well and is stable, but in the 4th round losing points after an away 0:0 with “Bohemians”.
The coefficients and forecast
Despite the fact that Antwerp played in the new season, three times less matches than Victoria, it is considered the favorite to win:
2.0–2.2: victory “Antwerp”;
3.4–3.8: victory “Victoria Plzen”.
But to qualify for the playoffs, the favorites of the guests:
2.0–2.2: passage of the “Antwerp”;
1.7–1.8: passage of “Victoria”.
It would be unusual if “Antwerp” will not score in Belgium, let it be to play in the capital, and not on their stadium, and Victoria after the failure against Olympiakos will try to score in the first round.