Barcelona will be massive favourites for victory when they host Champions League newcomers Viktoria Plzen this evening.
The holders are in excellent form at the moment with four victories in succession and they are expected to have more than enough to claim three points in this first ever meeting between the two teams.
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Barcelona are favourites to defeat most teams these days though of course and a quick glance at their recent results will tell you why.
In the last four games in all competitions, they have secured 12 points, scored 14 goals and conceded a grant total of zero.
To say they are in good spirits right now would be an understatement and they will be hoping to continue this against their Czech Republic opponents this evening.
As for Viktoria Plzen, they have found life in the Champions League tough so far. While Barcelona have four points from two games, Plzen only have one point to their name.
They only managed to draw with BATE Borisov – a team they would have expected to beat on home soil – and they followed this with a 2-0 defeat to Italian giants AC Milan last time out.
So they haven’t been embarrassed as yet, but this could easily change at the Nou Camp this evening. Barcelona are a ruthless side with an abundance of attacking talent and in reality, if Plzen come away with a respectable defeat they would have done well.
This doesn’t mean they won’t give it a go, but their ambitions have to be realistic. If Barcelona are anywhere near their best it could be a very long 90 minutes for the Czech champions.
One statistic which perhaps highlights the gap in class between the two sides is that Lionel Messi has had as many shots as Plzen’s entire team in this season’s Champions League campaign.
You would expect the Argentinean to have a few more this evening too as Barcelona look to run riot in their third Champions League game of the season.