Beroe vs Cherno More Prediction, Preview, Lineups, H2H & Betting Tips
Two sides who have lost their last fixtures by a three-goal margin will face on Friday night when Beroe takes on Cherno More at “Stadion Beroe” in Stara Zagora. Their clash will open round 8 in the Bulgarian First Professional Football League where hosts Beroe are on 7th position with 10 points and visitors from Varna are fourth – with four points more. Find out more in our detailed game preview, free betting tips and predictions.
H2H History: Beroe vs Cherno More
In period 2000-2017 we have 33 competitive games between Beroe Stara Zagora and Cherno More Varna. Seventeen (17) of them were in Stara Zagora where Beroe have not won (in regular time) for more than four years – since the 1:0 back in April 2013.
The overall balance in these 33 games is: 8 wins of Beroe, 12 draws and 13 victories for Cherno More. When it comes to games in Stara Zagora: 6 wins for Beroe (in regular time, + 1 after penalties), 9 draws and just 2 wins for the guests from Varna. One of them was in the most recent visit when Cherno More won 0:1 one year ago (September 2016).
Bulgarian First League: Beroe vs Cherno More 08.09.2017
Cherno More heads to Stara Zagora with three consecutive wins over its opposition – all of them were won by 1:0. Moreover, Beroe failed to score in Cherno More’s net since a 3:0 victory (in Varna) from November 2015, which has been followed by five clean sheets of “The Sailors”. Well, one of them was not that pleasing as Beroe eliminated Cherno More out of the 2015-16 Bulgarian Cup on penalties, after a goalless draw in 120 minutes of play.
A win in Stara Zagora will move Cherno More on top of the table at least for a few hours. Another good reason why Georgi Ivanov’s side should do their best to bounce back after a devastating 1:4 home defeat by Septemvri Sofia right prior break for international football. Thus Cherno More remains on the 4th position where “Sailors” from Varna have 14 points, sitting on two points behind leader CSKA Sofia.
On the other hand Beroe seeks first home success for the 2017-18 season after three draws and one defeat in Stara Zagora. Unquestionably the worst performance of all home games was last round’s 0:3 defeat vs CSKA, so Aleksandar Tomash’s men are eager to start earning at home. In fact only three of their 10 points were won at home soil, while seven were won on the road where The Greens are yet to lose a game: 1:1 vs Dunav in Ruse, followed by two wins over Slavia Sofia (1:4) and Septemvri Sofia (0:1).
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Cherno More were doing extremely well before a surprising heavy defeat to Septemvri Sofia, which was the very first game on lights at the “Ticha Stadium” in Varna. Besides, key defender Ilias Hassani has been sent-off when score still was 0:1 and despite being down to 10 men, Cherno More gave their best effort to make a full comeback but the referee has disallowed two of their goals in period of three minutes. The final score was 1:4 and it’s clear that Georgi Ivanov has some serious concerns in defense, especially without Hassani who will miss the game in Stara Zagora. Aleksandar Aleksandrov who returned at “Ticha” this summer is far from his best years and considering Hassani’s suspension, Aleksandrov will most likely start alongside Stefan Stanchev, whose regular position is a full-back. Newest signing Iliya Milanov is a central defender but he joined the team only couple of days ago and it will be too early to see him as a starter. Left-back Vitinha is injured again but talented youngster Martin Kostadinov leaves a good impression so far and he has been selected for “man of the match” twice in seven rounds.
In the meantime Cherno More is expected to use new Ukrainian goalkeeper Yevhen Borovyk, who travelled with the team to Stara Zagora and is set for his first game with the club from Varna. He will replace Emil Mihaylov who is far from being a consistent under the sticks and often makes some silly mistakes. Attacker Tsvetelin Chunchukov returns in the group as well, as he picked up injury in Cherno More’s home draw vs Slavia a month ago. Nevertheless, Georgi Ivanov may still prefer starting with Marek Kuzma on top of the attack and Chunchukov can be an option from the bench.
There are some good news in the home side where coach Aleksandar Tomash can use experienced defender Ivan Ivanov, who joined the club in end of August. Ivanov is one of the most experienced Bulgarian defender with experience in clubs like Partizan, Basel, Panathinaikos, so his decision to join Beroe was a bit surprising. However, Ivan Ivanov is far from his best years after some bad injuries but he can surely be useful, especially in Bulgarian league.
Another first team player who is fully fit and ready to return in-play is Ghanaian midfielder Carlos Ohene. He is expected to start alongside Martin Raynov while Japanese midfielder Kohei Kato may compete with Borislav Tsonev for a position behind the striker. Romanian winger Dragos Firtulescu also competes with Anton Karachanakov for a position on the left flank of Beroe’s attack, whilst veteran Martin Kamburov is expected to lead the line at the expense of another Romanian Sergiu Negrut.
Beroe vs Cherno More Prediction and Betting Tips
Beroe is the team with most league draws so far (4 out of 7 games) and “The Greens” from Stara Zagora must be more concentrated at the back, but at the same time more effective up front, if they want to surprise the home crowd.
Visitors from Varna are more productive in their away games, when it comes to scoring, as Cherno More has scored 7 goals (from 11 overall) away from home.
A few good reasons to recommend “Both teams to score – Yes” as a potential winning market on that game. Beroe will somehow be under pressure as fans will demand a victory at home so Cherno More may find some space to attack and score. Same goes for the hosts who must find the gap in Cherno More’s defense and thereby we expect goals by both teams.
Possible Lineups of Beroe and Cherno More
Venue: “Stadion Beroe”, Stara Zagora.
Referee: Georgi Kabakov.
Beroe: Dusan Pernis – Milen Zhelev, Pavel Vidanov, Ivan Ivanov, Matheus Leoni – Martin Raynov, Carlos Ohene – Pedro Eugenio, Borislav Tsonev, Dragos Firtulescu – Martin Kamburov. (4-2-3-1)
Cherno More: Evgen Borovyk – Ondrej Sukup, Aleksandar Aleksandrov, Stefan Stanchev, Martin Kostadinov – Georgi Iliev, Orlin Starokin – Atanas Zehirov, Aleksandar Tsvetkov, Mariyan Ognyanov – Marek Kuzma. (4-2-3-1)