Plzen vs Austria Vienna by Gustav
Viktoria Plzen suffered 4:1 defeat in the previous Europa League round, as the team stood without mathematical chances to progress to the knockout stage. Italians were way more dominant and looked much better in offense, taking the lead in tenth minute via Dzeko, but Plzen leveled up the result only eight minutes later with a goal from Zeman.
Once the Italians upped their tempo in the second halftime, Dzeko scored another one, sealing the victory with an own goal and third goal from the Bosnian Dzeko in last ten minutes of the match. With three draws and two defeats, Plzen is now without chance to reach the next stage, but they'll want to leave a positive impression in front of own fans for sure. As for the domestic league, they come from a 2:0 victory at home over Brno, continuing to lead the table with a point more than Slavia Prague.
Midfielder Jakub Hromada (12/1) and defender David Limbersky (12/0) are both injured. Suspended with yellow cards limit is Ales Mateju (defender, 9/0).
Austria Vienna, on the other side, suffered 1:2 defeat in front of own fans against Astra last time out in Europa League and now make their lives much more difficult in order to reach the next stage. However, it must be said that the Austrians actually looked better and controlled the game, even taking the lead in 57th minute with a goal from Rotpuller, but everything changed when they stood playing with a man less eight minutes later.
From that moment on, players of Astra took the control over the ball completely and reached the victory with two goals in last fifteen minutes of the game with goals from Florea and Budescu. Austria is now two points behind Astra, needing a victory here and even that might not be enough for them. In Austrian Bundesliga, they celebrated 2:0 victory on the road against Admira last weekend, continuing to be fourth, with just two points less than leaders from Sturm and Altach.
Forward Ronivaldo remains long term absentee without playing competitive football this season, while the guests also miss goalkeeper Robert Almer (9/0). Midfielder Alexander Grunwald (18/6) is suspended now.
Austria Vienna has some chances of reaching the knockout stage, only in case Astra doens't get a home victory over Roma, so the Austrians will be going for a three pointer here. On the other side, Plzen didn't disappoint that much during first five matches and should be competitive here as well, trying to get a victory too before saying goodbye to Europa League. I expect the game to be very attacking one with both teams aiming a victory.