Real Madrid 1.09 v Plzen 40.00; The Draw 15.00 Tuesday 23 October, 20:00 Live on BT Sport ESPN
Lopetegui on brink as Madrid malaise continues
Ordinarily this match would almost be guaranteed to be a routine home win that had the potential to be embarrassing for the visitors, but these are not ordinary times at Real Madrid.
The Spanish giants are now without a win in their last five games (D1 L4), after losing 2-1 at home to Levante at the weekend. Marcelo's 72nd minute goal broke a painful spell of 481 accumulated minutes without a goal.
Unsurprisingly, Julen Lopetegui is under huge pressure and it would be no surprise if he were sacked before this match takes place on Tuesday. If he survives the game and it's aftermath, then Sunday's El Clasico could finish him off.
Despite Real's abject form, it would still be a massive shock if they failed to beat Viktoria Plzen, who were thrashed 5-0 by Roma in their most recent Champions League outing. Plzen are currently second in the Czech Liga and dropped points at the weekend in an away match against Bohemians, in which they twice had to come back from behind.
Value lies with low scoring game
Real Madrid have scarcely been worse in recent history, yet their odds are refusing to budge, so there's no value to be found in any of the match results markets.
There are however opportunities in the over/under markets, given Madrid's current struggles with scoring goals. Under 2.5 goals is tempting at odds as big at 4.30, but you can play it safer with under 3.5 goals at 2.36 and still more than double your stake.
Back under 3.5 goals between Real Madrid and Plzen at 2.36