Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen: Barcelona visits Viktoria Plzen in the Czech Republic without Robert Lewandowski. The Polish striker receives his first break of the year from coach Xavi Hernández. Lewandowski, according to Spanish media, experiences back pain.
Barcelona, which was eliminated from the Champions League last week, will compete against the leaders of the Czech top flight to make up the numbers. With a four-point advantage over Plzen, a rematch in the Europa League is already a certain. As a result, Xavi had the chance to rest Lewandowski.
On Monday, Lewandowski was featured on the top page of the Catalan sports newspaper El Mundo Deportivo. Lewydependencia has replaced Messidependencia as the term of choice. 18 goals have been scored by the Pole so far, or 45 percent of Barcelona’s total. Lewandowski scored the sole goal against Valencia on Saturday.
So far, Lewandowski has not missed a game at Catalonia. He was still a member of Bayern Munich’s roster the previous time he took a break. He was absent for the cup game against Bremer SV in August 2021. (0-12). Later, he participated in 62 club games for Bayern and Barça.
Memphis Depay will not hear Barcelona’s appeal on Tuesday. As anticipated, the Dutchman’s muscle ailment prevents him from competing against Plzen. Last week, Xavi stated that he anticipates Memphis will return for the league match against Almeria on Saturday.
Xavi Hernández has announced the 21-man list for this duel. That being said, the list consists of the following players: Ter Stegen, Bellern, Piqué, O. Dembélé, Pedri, Ansu Fati, Ferran, Marcos A., Jordi Alba, Kessie, F. De Jong, Raphinha, Iaki Pea, I. Akhomach, Balde, M. Casadó, Gavi, Pablo Torre, Arnau Tenas, Alex Valle, and lvaro Sanz.
Barcelona vs Viktoria Plzen: Predictions
- Asian handicap: -1.5 Barcelona @ 1.83 odds.
- Both teams to score @ 1.88 odds.