Bet Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow to Draw

Steven Suarez

Monday, December 9, 2013 8:40 PM UTC

Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 8:40 PM UTC

There's not much to play for on Tuesday other than pride, but will it be CSKA Moscow or Viktoria Plzen that gets our recommendation for our soccer picks? Sportsbooks have the draw looking pretty attractive, but does it hold the most value?

Odds Overview

The soccer odds are as close as can be. Viktoria Plzen is at home and therefore the sporstbook minor favorite at around +150, while CSKA Moscow can be backed at a price nearing +200. A draw can be located at +250.

Viktoria Plzen

The only hope for Viktoria in this group is to finish with at least one point. So far they've yet to muster up a single point, having outright lost all five of their matches so far.

They've fallen to Manchester City (5-0 and 4-2), CSKA Moscow (3-2) and Bayern Munich (5-0 and 1-0) so far. They're dead last in Group D and have an overall goal differential of minus 12.

The Czech outfit put on a good show in their most recent Champions League fixture but ultimately lost by two goals against Manchester City at the Etihad.Then, we saw Pavel Horvath and Milan Petrzela score to lead Viktoria Plzen to a 2-0 win over Pribram.

Horvath, voted the side's best player of all-time, has scored 30 goals in 138 appearances for the team in his career. At the ripe age of 38, he continues to make an impact each and every time he steps on the pitch.

Struncovy Sady may not be the biggest ground, but it's going to be rocking for this one and Viktoria Plzen has in fact been tough to beat in front of their supporters. In eight home league matches they've won five times and drawn three without losing once.


CSKA Moscow

The Horses are just trying to hold on for the ride in the very tight Russian Premier League. Right now they're in fifth place in the table

Through 19 matches they've won 10 times, drawn four and lost five, with a goal differential of plus five. Loko Moscow, Zenit, Spartak Moscow and Dinamo Moscow are all ahead of CSKA Moscow at the moment.

It hasn't been a great recent run of matches for the Horses either. They lost 3-1 at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, tied FK Rostov-Na-Donu 0-0 and then lost 1-0 to Krasnodar in the league.

The group stages haven't been too kind to CSKA Moscow so far, but they have a great chance of ending on a high with this winnable away tie to Viktoria Plzen.

What's more, a three-month winter break awaits the Horses after this match is over and done with, so you better believe they'll want to go out on a good note.

Champions League Pick

As we mentioned, these sides have already done battle once in the group stages and it was the Horses that came out victorious. Zoran Tosic, Keisuke Honda and an own goal from Radim Reznik helped CSKA Moscow on their way, while Frantisek Rajtoral and Marek Bakos scored for Viktoria Plzen.

We saw Viktoria Plzen show a good fight in that one and we expect nothing to change on Tuesday.

Ultimately though, CSKA Moscow has a little more quality within their ranks and we do think they'll be able to at least get a draw here. With that said, our favorite soccer pick here is on the draw in what should be a highly competitive match.

Pick: Viktoria Plzen 1 CSKA Moscow 1

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