Prediction, Team info, and Lineups for Barcelona vs. Viktoria Plzen

Barcelona will host Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday. Eight matches will be played on Matchday 1 of the 2022/23 UEFA Champions League group stage. Barcelona will welcome Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday at the Spotify Camp Nou.

Barcelona has won three of their first four matches in 2022/23. Xavi Hernandez’s side has scored freely since their season-opening, when they drew 0-0, and are now second in La Liga.

Viktoria Plzen’s domestic season has begun unblemished, with the Czech champions second in Fortuna Liga. They also breezed through Champions League qualifying to join Barcelona, Bayern Munich, and Inter Milan in Group C.

Barcelona beat Viktoria Plzen in the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League group stage (2-0 at home and 4-0 away). The Hard Tackle previews the next matchup.

Barcelona vs. Viktoria Plzen Match Preview

Barcelona started the 2022-23 La Liga season with a goalless draw against Rayo Vallecano, but they’ve won three straight, scoring 11 goals and allowing only once.

Xavi’s team will want to start their European campaign with a win in Group C, which also includes Inter Milan and Bayern Munich.

Last season, Barcelona finished third in Group E behind Bayern and Benfica and it’s been seven years since they won the European Cup.

Barcelona added a number of high-quality players to their roster during the summer despite financial concerns, including Robert Lewandowski, who has scored four times in his previous two games.

Xavi’s squad faces Plzen, Cadiz, Bayern, and Elche in their next four games before the September international break.

Plzen won the Czech First League and qualified for the Champions League 2022-23 second qualifying round.

Michal Bilek’s team has played six times this season, defeating HJK, Sheriff Tiraspol, and Qarabag to reach the group stage.

Plzen will have to do something exceptional to get through this division, but their European successes this season should boost optimism. The team is also second in their league with 16 points from six matches.

The visitors have won four consecutive matches, including 1-0 against Slovan Liberec on Saturday.

Bilek’s squad last competed in the Champions League group stage in 2018-19. Barcelona won 2-0 at home and 4-0 away in the 2011-12 group stage.

Barcelona vs. Viktoria Plzen Team News

Xavi, Barcelona’s head coach, is likely to rest a few starters on Wednesday night due to the team’s lack of injury or suspension problems.

In the back four, Eric Garcia may replace Andreas Christensen, while Frenkie de Jong might replace Gavi in the middle of the field if the latter gets a break.

At this point in the season, Ousmane Dembele is another player who might be benched in favor of Ferran Torres, who could start up top with Raphinha and Lewandowski.

The Barcelona coaching staff is considering starting Ansu Fati in this match, but the club is still being cautious with the kid owing to his recent injury history, so he may once again be utilized from the bench.

While Plzen will be without Petr Pejsa for an extended period of time owing to a major knee injury, the visitors are otherwise healthy and ready to take on Barcelona at Camp Nou.

Tomas Chory might replace Fortune Bassey in the final third, as he did in their league match last weekend.

Jan Sykora, who scored against Slovan Liberec on Saturday, is expected to start at number 10 for Plzen, who usually line up in a 4-2-3-1 system.

  • Barcelona Possible Starting Lineup: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Raphinha, Lewandowski, F Torres
  • Viktoria Plzen Possible Starting Lineup: Stanek; Holik, Hejda, Pernica, Jemelka; Kalvach, Bucha; Kopic, Sykora, Mosquera; Chory

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Our Prediction: Barcelona 3-0 Viktoria Plzen

Despite the obvious talent gap, Viktoria Plzen might prove to be a tough opponent for Barcelona. However, since Robert Lewandowski joined the Catalan giants from Bayern Munich, they have been unstoppable in all competitions.

As the game progresses, Barcelona will have to overcome a resolute Viktoria Plzen defense. Lewandowski kept up his impressive form, leading the home team to a 3-0 victory on Wednesday, so the Blaugrana should be able to beat the Czech champions in the long run.

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