Plzen vs Partizan by Gustav
After a very long pause, Czech domestic league has started last weekend, as the players of Viktoria Plzen had a goalless game away from home against Sigma Olomouc last Sunday afternoon. It was a game between first two sides in the league and even though it was only second game that Plzen didn't win so far in the league, it surely was a positive outcome for them.
Simply cause the side kept the fourteen points difference in comparison to the closest followers between two important Europa League matches. Overall, it could be said that the game was more open than what the final result shows and that the players of Plzen surely were at least a bit more agile and aggressive, probably deserving at least a bit more than a point overall.
Central back Marian Cisovsky is injured and out and should be their only injury worry.
Partizan, on the other side, have also seen their domestic league being restarted last weekend, as the side managed to pull out a three pointer away from home against Mladost Lucani in a much more difficult game than what was expected before the game with a 1:2 result.
It was far away from an exciting and interesting match, all the way till 70th minute when the home side took the lead via Pavlovic, however the visitors have started playing way more serious from that moment on and have also been pushed a bit by the referee who showed two red cards to home side players in last ten minutes, with the guests coming out victorious thanks to a goal from Jevtovic in 86th and an own goal in 89th minute.
The side remained at second position having nine points less than leaders from Crvena zvezda and can't afford to drop more points in the domestic league, but surely have all the attention to this match for now.
Suspended for this match remains central defender Milan Mitrovic (5/0 in Europa League), while injured is midfielder Nebojsa Kosovic (4/0 in EL).
Serbian side looked maybe a bit more agile in the first leg and could have earned more, but now I see the things being completely different in the returning one. However, the visitors are the ones who should be more open minded one, sooner or later. It's something that promises quite open game towards the, while I believe the home team will try to make some more action even before the last phase. Over goals seems like a very valuable choice here.