Soccer Pick: Viktoria Plzen vs. Bayern Munich Champions League

Steven Suarez

Monday, November 4, 2013 6:36 PM UTC

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 6:36 PM UTC

Viktoria Plzen play host to Bayern Munich tomorrow night at the Struncovy Sady Stadium. Find out where we believe the best value lies for this game?

Hoping to see Bayern lose to the Czech minnows in this week's Champions League tie? Don't get your hopes up.

Odds Overview

When the gulf in quality is so drastic, it doesn't really matter where the match is being played. Bayern is favored at around -700 in the soccer odds for this visit, with Viktoria Plzen at +1600 and a draw at anywhere from +700 to +750.

We can find one of the highest totals at the sportsbooks in this showdown. The number is at 3.5, with the OVER trading at -105 and the UNDER at -125.

Viktoria Plzen

When these sides met two weeks ago, the Bavarians came out on top in a 5-0 victory. Viktoria Plzen had just one shot overall and held possession for a mere 23 percent of the game.

It was yet another harsh reminder about their position in terms of world soccer. So far, in three group stage matches, the Czech outfit has lost three times while recording a goal differential of minus nine. That differential is likely going to get a lot worse with another clash with Bayern coming up.

When it comes to the Czech Liga, Viktoria Plzen is currently in second place behind Sparta Praha. They thrashed Jablonec 6-1 on Friday, Pavel Horvath and Stanislav Tecl both getting braces in the victory.

Doosan Arena was home to that demolition and will play host to Tuesday's match as well. The capacity is around 12,500, meaning it's one of the smallest venues in the competition.

That said, you can expect that small crowd to be making tons of noise in hopes of inspiring their team to the unthinkable.

Bayern Munich

It's been a nervy couple of Bundesliga matches for the defending Champions League winners since they stomped over Viktoria Plzen.

First the Bavarians beat Hertha Berlin 3-2, with Mario Mandzukic scoring twice and Mario Gotze also getting a goal. Then, over the weekend Bayern had to come from behind to beat TSG Hoffenheim 2-1 away from home. Mandzukic got another goal and Thomas Muller scored the winner.

The win pushed Bayern back into the top spot in the Bundesliga. They've gone a ridiculous 36 straight matches without a league defeat.

But back to the Champions League. The Bavarians have been dominant as can be, securing all nine points through their first three matches, which of course includes that mighty impressive 3-1 win over Manchester City at the Etihad.

Individually speaking, Mandzukic has been in awesome form domestically, but it's Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery that have been taking all the plaudits in Europe. Robben has two goals and three assists through three matches and Ribery has scored three times in three appearances. Can they add to their tallies on Tuesday?

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Champions League Pick

It's simple really. Bayern is on a different level and will prove it once again this week.

It doesn't matter what kind of starting XI Pep Guardiola decides to roll with – he could decide to rest up some key players – they have the quality in their bench to continue dominating no matter what. As an example, Bayern had Gotze, Muller, Claudio Pizarro, and Javi Martinez starting on the bench in the first meeting with Viktoria.

There's no value in picking the Bavarians straight up, so you're going to have to get creative. A handicap play could be in order – you can find Bayern (-2) at -150 on the soccer odds board and that's the wager we recommend for your soccer pick in what should be another convincing win for the Germans.

Soccer Pick: Viktoria Plzen 0 Bayern Munich 4

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