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Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

17:29 EAT 06/11/2018
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Santiago Solari takes charge of his first Champions League tie and we are backing a low-scoring affair in Czech Republic on Wednesday evening

Real Madrid travel to Czech Republic looking for their third win under new manager Santiago Solari.

The former Los Blancos player has overseen a 4-0 victory over lowly Melilla in the Copa del Rey and a 2-0 La Liga home success against Valladolid at the weekend.

Both of those are games that Madrid would have expected to win comfortably and their match at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday is another game for which they are clear favourites. 

Latest odds

The European champions lost their last away game in the Champions League going down 1-0 at CSKA Moscow and William Hill price Madrid at 2/9 (1.22) to get back to winning ways.

Viktoria Plzen for their part are available at 10/1 (11.00) with the draw offered at 11/2 (6.50).

Team news

The hosts suffered a massive blow last week, losing top scorer Michael Krmencik to a knee ligament injury for the rest of the season.

Real Madrid have a hat-trick of first choice defenders likely to be missing for the clash with Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane and Marcelo all sidelined. Striker Mariano Diaz is also likely to miss out with a muscle problem.

Preview

One of the reasons for Real Madrid's struggles this season has been a lack of firepower in the final third, and it is not usual to find four teams in La Liga who have scored more than Los Blancos.

The capital side did produce a brilliant display to overcome Roma on matchday one of the Champions League 3-0, but they left plenty of question marks with their subsequent two performances.

While they should be too strong for the Czech champions on Wednesday night there is a strong temptation to back a low-scoring game, which has proved a healthy strategy in Madrid's recent matches.

Tips and predictions

Under 3.5 goals in the game is priced at 7/10 (1.70) and has paid out in nine of the Real Madrid's last 11 matches including all three in the Champions League. 

Under 3.5 goals at 7/10 (1.70) for a 3pt stake with William Hill