Lugano has entered really poor period now, as the side counts five consecutive defeats in all competitions. They come from five consecutive defeats in Swiss Super League with just one goal scored in the process, coming from a 0:4 defeat in front of own fans against Basel last weekend.
They were completely outplayed and didn’t score for three consecutive matches now in Super League, being at rock bottom position for the moment with just eight points earned in eleven matches which is three less than safely placed Luzern. As for the Europa League, they have two defeats too, against FCSB at home and to Hapoel Beer Sheva on the road, having pretty little ambitions now in Europe.
Defender Goran Jozinovic (didn’t play this season) remains injured, with midfielder Stefano Guidotti remains doubtful but anyway without performing so far. Forward Carlinhos Junior (9/1) shouldn’t be playing either.
Plzen, on the other side, comes into this match with a really great run – having now six consecutive victories – one in domestic Cup, four in 1. Czech Liga and in second round in Europa League when they won over Hapoel Beer Sheva 3:1. After starting defeat away to Romanian FCSB, the side has improved it’s chances but will need to get a victory tonight against probably the weakest link in the group as well.
As for the previous game, they managed to walk away with a three pointer away to Sparta Prague, victory that saw them improving even further on the table, since the team now has all ten victories in the league leading the table alone with thirty points, eight points more than closest followers from Slavia Prague.
Defender Jan Baranek (1/0) is out with a knee injury, while doubtful remains other defender David Limbersky (6/1) who didn’t perform in previous four matches.
Lugano goes nowhere with their current form and I can’t see them escaping with something from this clash. With plenty of worries in the domestic league, playing away from really their own fans, already two defeats and surely individual quality that stands with Plzen – visiting side should have even easier job than what the odds suggest.
Plzen to WIN