FC Astana - Viktoria Plzen predictions and free betting tips [05/10/2023]
Today the 2nd round of the Group Stage of the Conference League will kick-off in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan. The local team sharing the same name as the city will take on "Viktoria" from the Czech Republic.
In the previous round of Kazakhstan's championship, Astana virtually gifted the title to Ordabasy. The club from the capital lost an away game to Aktobe (0:2), and with two rounds before the end of the tournament comes 6 points shy from the leader. If the teams end up with the same number of points after 26 rounds, we will witness a gold match in which they will determine the winner. However, for this to happen, Astana must first win against Zhetysu and Shakhter from Karagandy, hoping that Ordabasy will not gain any points in the remaining matches.
Returning to the Conference League, it must be said that the Kazakhstani club fouled the first match of the group stage up. Astana was thrashed in Zagreb, losing 1:5 to the local Dinamo. The "yellow-blue" team did not play well in defence and conceded every second shot from the opponent. However, fans of the team are optimistic about the upcoming match, as "Astana" has not lost at home in 5 consecutive matches.
The Czech team performed modestly in the first round of the Group Stage of the Conference League. Viktoria, at home, scored one goal against Balkani from Kosovo and secured a minimal victory (1:0).
After the match in the Europa League, the club from Pilsen held two matches in the Czech Republic championship, the results of which stirred up different emotions among the fans. The home match against Pardubice offered a high number of goals (6:2), while then Viktoria took a fall in Prague, losing to the local Sparta (1:2).
Nevertheless, the "red-blue" team continues to be one of the main contenders for European spots and even for the championship. After 9 rounds of the league, Viktoria sits in third place with 19 points.
These teams have not previously crossed paths.
Viktoria might take advantage of Astana's defensive issues and get plenty of chances to score. In the Czech league, the "red-blue" team averages 3 goals scored per game, and I believe that in the upcoming match, the team from the Czech Republic will score more than one goal against their opponents.