Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Real Madrid will be expected to return to winning ways when they host Czech side Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening, after registering their fourth defeat in five games against Levante on Saturday.

Los Blancos have failed to win a match in all competitions since September 22, and there will be mounting pressure for the European champions to boost morale ahead of a massive El Clasico clash at Camp Nou this weekend.

Julen Lopetegui’s role as head coach is also in a precarious position though Goal understands he is expected to keep his job until at least the Clasico.

Game Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen
Date Tuesday, October 23
Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
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In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport ESPN and streamed via BT Sport Live.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport ESPN BT Sport Live

Squads & Team News


Position Real Madrid players
Goalkeepers Navas, Courtois, Casilla
Defenders Varane, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Odriozola
Midfielders Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Isco
Forwards Bale, Vazquez, Benzema, Asensio, Diaz, Vinicius Junior

Both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale came off the bench during Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Levante in La Liga but will be expected to start the Champions League tie against Viktoria Plzen.

They should replace Mariano Diaz and Lucas Vazquez, while Marco Asensio could still feature despite failing to make an impact against Levante. Toni Kroos is another who is expected to return after being an unused substitute in the loss to Levante.

Dani Carvajal, who was injured in the 42nd minute against CSKA Moscow, misses out once again.

Potential Real Madrid XI: Courtois; Nacho, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Kroos; Bale, Benzema, Asensio.

Position Viktoria Plzen players
Goalkeepers Kozacik, Hruska, Svacek
Defenders Hejda, Hubnik, Limbersky, Reznik, Hajek, Havel, Pernica
Midfielders Prochazka, Horava, Zeman, Petrzela, Hrosovsky, Bucha, Cermak, Ekpai
Forwards Krmencik, Chory, Reznicek

The duo of Radim Reznik and Lukas Hejda returned from injury for Friday’s 2-2 draw against Bohemians 1905 in the league, and are expected to start on Tuesday evening.

Jan Kopic is still out of the squad with an ankle injury, while top-scorer Michael Krmenvic is due to lead the line.

Potential Viktoria Plzen XI: Kozacik; Limbersky, Hubik, Hejda, Reznik; Prochazka, Hrosovsky; Kovarik, Horava, Zeman; Krmencik.


Betting & Match Odds


Real Madrid are priced at odds of winning 1/14 according to bet 365, while a draw is available at 14/1. A win for the Viktoria Plzen is priced at 33/1.

Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.


Match Preview


Luka Modric Real Madrid 2018-19

Real Madrid have suffered their worst league start to a season in 17 years after slipping to seventh place in La Liga following the shock defeat to Levante, their fifth game in a row without a victory – with Los Blancos seemingly feeling the effects of the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

Lopetegui could well be dismissed from his role after the Clasico following the disappointing run of form, with the Spaniard already facing pressure before the 2-1 loss to Levante and tensions increasing as the fixture at the Camp Nou draws nearer.

They did manage to end their scoring drought of 480 minutes without a strike in all competitions on Saturday, but their inability to find the back of the net will be a concern.

Los Blancos currently sit in second place in their Champions League group ahead of their meeting with Viktoria Plzen at the Bernabeu, though Lopetegui’s camp will surely have one eye resting on the clash with Barcelona at the weekend.

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Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview

Manchester City will travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League group stage on Tuesday evening, following a 5-0 thumping of Burnley in the Premier League at the weekend.

The English champions currently occupy second place in Group F with French side Lyon placing first, and will need to register victory against the Ukrainian side if they want to boost their chances of progressing to the last 16 phase.

Pep Guardiola’s side lost to Lyon in their opening group stage game but bounced back with a dramatic win over last-placed Hoffenheim in their most recent European outing.

Game Shakhtar Donetsk vs Man City
Date Tuesday, October 23
Time 8pm BST / 3pm EST

TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch


In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .

New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.

US TV channel Online stream
Univision En Vivo fubo TV (7-day free trial)

In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on BT Sport 3 and streamed via BT Sport Live.

UK TV channel Online stream
BT Sport 3 BT Sport Live

Squads & Team News


Position Shakhtar Donetsk players
Goalkeepers Shevchenko, Pyatov, Kudryk
Defenders Butko, Kryvtsov, Khocholava, Ordets, Matviyenko, Ismaily, Rakitskiy
Midfielders Stepanenko, Taison, Bentinho, Marlos, Patrick, Nem, de Andrade Barberan, Robson, Totovytskiy, Bolbat, Kovalenko, Danchenko, Dos Santos Pedro
Forwards Kayode, Moraes

Taison is still recovering from a knee injury sustained in the 1-1 draw against Zorya Luhansk on October 7 and is expected to not be fit in time for the match against Man City.

Potential Shakhtar Donetsk XI: Pyatov; Matvyenko, Krivstov, Rakitskiy, Ismaily; Maycon, Stepanenko; Marlos, Patrick, Taison; Moraes.

Position Man City players
Goalkeepers Ederson, Grimshaw, Muric
Defenders Walker, Kompany, Stones, Laporte, Mendy, Otamendi
Midfielders De Bruyne, B. Silva, D. Silva, Fernandinho, Mahrez, Zinchenko, Foden, Diaz
Forwards Jesus, Sterling, Sane, Aguero

Kyle Walker is a doubt to feature in the clash after returning from international duty with England having picked up a groin injury, while Danilo has also not travelled with the squad following an ankle injury sustained during Brazil duty.

Fabian Delph and Ilkay Gundogan have also been left out of the squad, and second-choice Claudio Bravo remains sidelined with a long-term injury.

Potential Man City XI: Ederson; Walker, Otamendi, Laporte, Mendy; David Silva, Fernandinho, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Aguero, Sterling.


Betting & Match Odds


Man City are priced at odds of winning 4/11 according to  bet 365, while a draw is available at 5/1. A win for the Shakhtar is priced at 7/1.

Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.


Match Preview


Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2018-19

Guardiola’s side will be shifting their focus to the Champions League this weekend after their 5-0 win over Burnley solidified their status as Premier League table-toppers, level on points with Liverpool but ahead on goal difference.

Manchester City are currently second Group F and will want to win against Shakhtar Donetsk to secure a top-two spot, falling behind to Hoffenheim in their last Champions League fixture 1-0 but the likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva both netting to claim the victory.

The Ukrainian side have drawn both of their Champions League ties so far and will be buoyed by the form of new arrival Junior Moraes, who has netted 12 goals in 15 matches so far this campaign.

Shakhtar Donetsk will have a strong chance of progressing to the knockout phase of the tournament, however, should they manage to defeat Manchester City at home on Tuesday.

The two sides previously met in last year’s Champions League with both sides winning their home fixture in the group stage.

Shakhtar are unbeaten in eight meetings with English opponents at home, while City have registered victory just once in three attempts in Ukraine – losing last season’s away fixture 2-1.

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Manchester United v Juventus Betting Offer: Ronaldo 20/1 to score on Old Trafford return

Cristiano Ronaldo’s Champions League suspension being downgraded to just a single game means the Juventus star is set for a blockbuster return to Manchester United on Tuesday night.

The 33-year-old won the competition in his spell at Old Trafford and plundered 118 goals in all competitions before a record breaking move to Real Madrid.

There, Ronaldo’s scoring rate skyrocketed. The Portugal international now boasts 120 goals in the Champions League alone – making him the competition’s all-time leading marksman.

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The move to Turin has done little to slow the five-time Ballon d’Or winner down  – despite his advancing years – and the Old Lady will hope that his arrival can power them to an elusive Champions League title having twice fallen at the final hurdle in recent seasons.

Ronaldo has five domestic goals in just nine appearances this term, they include a strike in each of his last two matches and it’s just 21/20 (2.05) that he finds the net at Old Trafford.

Plenty of punters will be considering that as a potential wager but SportPesa have a huge new customer offer which makes backing the former United man a much more attractive prospect.

Anyone opening a new account with the online bookmaker can get a massive 20/1 (21.0) on Ronaldo scoring at anytime during the 90 minutes. £3 max bet. Winnings paid in bonuses. T&Cs apply.

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Jose Mourinho’s side should take plenty of credit from battling displays against Newcastle and Chelsea in their last two outings but four goals conceded in that time doesn’t bode well for their prospects of keeping Ronaldo & Co. at bay.

The bookmakers make the home side underdogs in this game, such is the quality of the opposition combined with United’s unconvincing displays in the campaign so far.

Mario Mandzukic will miss the game after picking up an injury at the weekend and that should mean even more of the visitors’ attack runs through their new star man.

Ronaldo’s Champions League record is unrivalled and few will be backing against him opening his account for Juventus in this competition, especially those able to take advantage of the 20/1 (21.0) on offer with SportPesa.

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‘Bale & Benzema can’t fill Ronaldo role’ – Mijatovic demands Real Madrid to find new star

Former Real Madrid attacker Predrag Mijatovic says the club have no choice but to sign another star player as he believes Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema lack the quality to fill the role.

Madrid have slumped to four defeats and a draw in their last five matches in all competitions, leaving new coach Julen Lopetegui facing a difficult fight to keep his job.

The Champions League holders have scored just once in that run, as Bale has not found the net since August, while Benzema is on a similarly poor run.

The Spanish giants have been linked with several options to replace the Portuguese star, who ended his nine-year spell in the capital to join Juventus, and Mijatovic believes they must bring someone in to fix the problem.

“When you lose a player like that, and you have to remember that you wanted to leave, you have to find another,” he told Cadena Ser.

“I’m not convinced that Bale and Benzema can fill the gap of Cristiano. Comparing them with him, they are not able to give the same as him in recent years.”

Failure to beat Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League this week or a bad result against rivals Barcelona in La Liga on Sunday could see Lopetegui dismissed just a few months after taking charge at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Mijatovic says they would be wrong to give up on the former Spain boss at this point, insisting the league can still be won despite the four-point gap with leaders Barca.

“Without any doubt it would be a mistake to throw him out, it’s a bad decision,” he said. “The league is very even, you have to keep the coach.

“Madrid can hardly lose against Viktoria, the Champions League is a competition made for them, if they lose they will have to make a decision, but even if they lose, we have to give Julen time.

“We do not have to look for the guilty, we have to find the solution, the players have to take this forward, Madrid will come out of this situation, I am convinced.”

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‘Good chemistry’ rubbing off ‘confident’ Arsenal – Alex Iwobi on winning spree

The positive chemistry in Arsenal set-up is responsible for their impressive winning run, according to Alex Iwobi.

Unai Emery’s side have had to overcome a difficult start to the 2018-19 campaign and, now, grabbed a 10th consecutive victory with Leicester City comeback win on Monday night.

The Gunners did so in style, scoring three fantastic goals courtesy Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [2]. Iwobi also did cover himself in glory with a Man of the Match display.

The last time the Gunners enjoyed this sort of run was in 2007 and Iwobi said a repeat is as a result of the confidence and positivity within the squad.

“We’re very confident, everyone is excited, not just in matches but in training everyone is together, the chemistry is good and you can see that in the matches as well,” Iwobi said after the game.

The Foxes went ahead in the game courtesy a Hector Bellerin own goal, after some nice work from Ben Chilwell.

But the Gunners equalised through Ozil before the break and secured victory with a three-minute brace from substitute Aubameyang.

“Leicester had a few chances but it shows that we have a winning mentality and were strong throughout the game and were able to withstand that and come out with another victory.”

On Leicester’s penalty call, the Nigeria international said: “Honestly, you’re testing my memory, I can’t remember! But it wasn’t given so that’s good luck on our side.”

Next up for Arsenal is a Europa League tie against Sporting Cp in Portugal on Thursday.

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