The home side have already started their domestic campaign with two victories, which has them joint top of the Fortuna Liga. So Pavel Vrba’s side come into early season clash with a match fitness few teams around Europe currently possess. Plzen scored five goals in those two opening fixtures so will head into this early season test confident of gaininging a healthy first leg advantage. The Czech outfit managed to gain seven points from a very tough Champions League group stage last season where they beat Roma at home and CSKA Moscow away so they will likely come into clash with plenty of confidence.
Olympiakos meanwhile face the tough task of having this extremely important game as their first competitive fixture of the season. Pedro Martins side will be hungry to get back into the Champions League though after missing out last season. Due to the toughness of their group in the 2017/18 it’s hard to judge their Champions League form however they did concede eight goals in their three away group games that season so will hope to improve that record if they are to stay in the tie on Tuesday night.
Plzen will likely name an unchanged side from their recent 2-1 victory at Slovan Liberec. Number 10 Jan Kopic, who already has two goals this season, will likely be the driving force in midfield. While last season’s top scorer Michael Krmencik will probably lead the line once more.
Olympiakos have no fresh preseason injury concerns so will likely try to field their strongest side which should include the likes new centre back signing Ruben Semedo and number nine Migel Angel Guerrero who will be looking for a more fruitful season in front of goal this term.
Being the home side of two fairly evenly matched teams, Plzen will come into this one as sfavourites. Though Plzen have failed to keep a clean sheet in their first two league games so both teams to score at 5/6 could be a good option. Both teams have the ability to score and concede goals, as shown by Plzen’s 3-1 and 2-1 victories to start the season so total goals over 3.5 at 10/3 is our second recommended bet. Due to the fact that they have already started their competitive season Plzn to qualify at 13/8 is our third recommended bet.