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UEFA Champions League

  • 24 October 2013
  • • 00:15
  • • Allianz-Arena, München
  • Referee: A. Kelly
  • • Attendance: 68000
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Bayern Munich-Viktoria Plzen Preview: Robben hoping to equal goalscoring record against Czechs

Bayern Munich-Viktoria Plzen Preview: Robben hoping to equal goalscoring record against Czechs

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The Dutchman has netted in his last five games in Europe's premier club competition, putting him in a position to match a feat achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo and two others

Arjen Robben can equal a goalscoring record in Bayern Munich's Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.

The Dutchman has netted in his club's last five games in the competition, a streak that includes the 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the 2012-13 final at Wembley in May.

Only three players in the history of Europe's premier club competition have scored in six successive fixtures and Robben will aim to join Marouane Chamakh, Burak Yilmaz and Cristiano Ronaldo in achieving the feat.

The reigning champions will enter their Group D home game against the Czechs as heavy favourites after their superb start to the season.

Bayern top the Bundesliga with seven victories from nine matches and have easily won both of their Champions League fixtures, proving particularly impressive in a 3-1 win at Manchester City earlier this month.

The Bavarian giants have scored in their last 31 games and survived a scare to defeat Mainz 4-1 on Saturday.

Bayern's 33-match unbeaten streak in the Bundesliga came under threat when Shawn Parker's goal helped Mainz to the lead at the break.

However, Mario Gotze came on at half-time and helped to change the match, as two goals from Thomas Muller and additional strikes from Robben and Mario Mandzukic carried Pep Guardiola's side to victory.

Winger Franck Ribery was rested as a precaution, but the Frenchman is likely to be fit for Wednesday's clash.

"It's nothing serious. I wanted to play, but the doctor said it was too much of a risk," the winger said.

Brazil defender Dante was substituted in the win over Mainz with an ankle injury and will be out at least a fortnight. Thiago Alcantara also has an ankle problem and is unavailable together with fellow midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri (hamstring).

Defender Jerome Boateng is suspended following his red card in Manchester and although midfielder Javi Martinez has returned to training following groin surgery, Wednesday's match will come too soon for him.

Viktoria Plzen sit second in the Czech top flight, six points behind Sparta Prague but undefeated in their 11 league matches this season.

Plzen have lost each of their Champions League fixtures, succumbing to a 3-0 home defeat against Manchester City before CSKA Moscow beat them 3-2 earlier this month.

Centre-back Marian Cisovsky missed both of those defeats due to a calf injury but returned in Saturday's 1-1 draw with Sparta Prague.

Cisovsky was the equal top-scorer in Champions League qualification, netting five goals.

David Limbersky, another member of Plzen’s defence, has not played in almost a month due to a thigh injury and is set to miss out again.

MasterCard is excited to present episode one of the Priceless Memories UEFA Champions League video series. See what Liverpool legend Didi Hamann has to say about the infamous 2005 final!
 

Last Five Matches

Viktoria Plzeň

  • W
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
    2 - 1
    Bohemians 1905 BOH
  • FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
    0 - 0
    FC Hradec Králové HRK
  • FC Vysočina Jihlava JIH
    2 - 1
    FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
  • FC Hradec Králové HRK
    1 - 2
    FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
  • FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
    2 - 0
    AC Sparta Praha SPA

Head To Head

Bayern München

Viktoria Plzeň

Wins
2
0
0
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
FC Bayern München Bayern München
Draw
FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
FC Viktoria Plzeň Viktoria Plzeň
93%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Bayern München BAY
4 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
FC Bayern München BAY
5 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ
FC Bayern München BAY
3 - 0
FC Viktoria Plzeň PLZ

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