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UEFA Champions League

  • 10 December 2013
  • • 19:45
  • • Doosan Arena, Plzeň
  • Referee: D. Skomina
  • • Attendance: 11205

Ladbrokes PaddyPower WilliamHill MyBet Tipico
FC Viktoria Plzeň 2.40 2.38 2.38 2.15 2.50
Draw 3.30 3.40 3.25 3.50 3.30
CSKA Moscow 2.88 2.90 3.00 3.30 2.90
Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow Preview: Honda set for final appearance in battle for Europa League

Viktoria Plzen - CSKA Moscow Preview: Honda set for final appearance in battle for Europa League

The Japan international is to join AC Milan in January but will hope to guide his current side to third place in the group by avoiding defeat in the Czech Republic

A Europa League spot is up for grabs when Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow conclude their unsuccessful Champions League campaigns on Tuesday night.

Bayern Munich and Manchester City have proved to be the dominant forces in Group D and meet at the Allianz Arena with their passages to the knockout stages secured since matchday four.

Plzen are hoping to extend their European campaign after Christmas for the third successive season but the odds of claiming a place in the last 32 of the Europa League are in CSKA's favour.

Leonid Slutsky's team claimed a 3-2 victory when the teams met in Moscow on matchday two - the only three points that either side have claimed in the group thus far.

Therefore, Plzen must win with a superior scoreline to snatch the Europa League berth. If they win 3-2, CSKA’s European season would be spared by virtue of their superior goal difference.

The Czech champions have lost both their home matches without scoring in the group, with Bayern Munich claiming a 1-0 win after three second-half goals had done the job for Manchester City, but it was a different story for Pavel Vrba's men in previous seasons.

They won 10 of their 11 preceding fixtures at the Doosan Arena in Uefa competitions, while CSKA's away form on the continent has taken a similar nosedive.

Before comprehensive 3-0 and 5-2 reverses at the respective hands of Bayern and City, they had only lost two of their previous 11 away trips – a run that played a part in four consecutive successful group campaigns across the Uefa Cup, Champions League and Europa League.

Keisuke Honda scored for CSKA in their win over Plzen in September and this game will be the Japan playmaker's last on the Russian club's books as he is set to join AC Milan on a free transfer in January.

The match also marks the end of an era for Vrba, who will leave Plzen on December 15 to take charge of the Czech national team.

Vrba took charge of Plzen in 2008, winning the club's first piece silverware - the Czech cup - in his second season, before going on to claim the 2011 and 2013 Gambrinus Liga titles.


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8David LimberskyDefender
18Václav ProcházkaDefender
27Frantisek RajtoralMidfielder
28Marián ČišovskýDefender
-Tomas HoravaMidfielder
10Pavel HorváthMidfielder
11Milan PetrželaMidfielder
26Daniel KolarMidfielder
-Stanislav TeclStriker
12Michal DurisStriker
13Petr BolekGoalkeeper
2Lukas HejdaDefender
4Roman HubnikDefender
14Radim ReznikDefender
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23Marek BakosStriker
35Igor AkinfeevGoalkeeper
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42Georgi ShennikovDefender
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10Alan DzagoevMidfielder
23Ahmed Firaz MoosaStriker
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