Dunav Ruse vs Botev Plovdiv Prediction, Preview, H2H, Lineups & Betting Tips
Dunav Ruse vs Botev Plovdiv prediction for the Bulgarian First League clash at the “Gradski Stadion” in Ruse. Dunav is in an obvious crisis when “The Dragons” have to take on an in-form team of Botev Plovdiv on Friday night, 20 October 2017. Read on what our betting experts have to say in a detailed match preview, prediction and more free betting tips.
H2H History: Dunav Ruse vs Botev Plovdiv
Last season Dunav Ruse and Botev Plovdiv have met twice as the away team won in each occasion. Botev won 1:2 in Ruse, while Dunav won 0:2 their visit to Plovdiv, which is their most recent meeting (February 2017).
Bulgarian First League: Dunav Ruse vs Botev Plovdiv 20.10.2017
Some gloomy weeks in first half of the 2017-18 football season were decisive for Veselin Velikov’s future in Dunav Ruse. The one, already former coach, responsible for Dunav’s resurrection in top tier of Bulgarian football as well as for their second ever European performance since more than 40 years, resigned after another disappointing result last weekend. Dunav lost 3:0 to Slavia in Sofia which was their seventh defeat for 12 rounds and thus “Dragons” are finding themselves on the penultimate 13th position, having won 9 points only.
Currently the club from Ruse is without a coach and the training process is led by sports director Ivaylo Petkov, who is an extremely experienced former footballer, but hasn’t any managerial experience. According to Petkov’s own words, this will last until Dunav’s board finds a person with long-term vision for the club.
Situation in the away team is completely different and Botev Plovdiv travels to the Danube river in a marvelous form. “The Canaries” fly to Ruse after a narrow win against Vereya on Monday night, which was their fifth in a row and sixth in the last seven competitive games.
As a result of all these victories Botev Plovdiv progressed in the Bulgarian Cup and climbed to fourth position in the league after a wobbly beginning of the domestic campaign.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
Considering fact that Dunav Ruse parted ways with its innovator, we don’t expect some general changes so soon after his departure. Especially when the club will be without a coach and maybe not only for the upcoming match. However, Dunav have no injury concerns and Plamen Donev (who will lead the team on the bench) can rely on all players.
Botev Plovdiv’s boss Nikolay Kirov took a 19-men group for this game as the defensive midfielder Yaya Meledje returns in selection. He missed some rounds due to a rule allowing maximum of 4 non-EU players in each team’s group, but absence of Alvaro Juliano opens a spot for the Ivorian. Brazilian midfielder remained in Plovdiv with a virus infection, while veteran Yordan Minev and goal scorer Fernando Viana both travelled with the team, although they remain doubts. Even if they both sit on the bench, Nikolay Kirov has some reliable replacements in face of left-back Lazar Marin and striker Steven Petkov, who scored the winning goal coming as a substitution against Vereya.
Dunav Ruse vs Botev Plovdiv Prediction and Betting Tips
Dunav is in a deep crisis and we will be highly surprised if the club from Ruse manage to bounce back exactly against guests from Plovdiv. Botev is one of the teams in best shape and their momentum can allow them winning once more. Our betting prediction is backing the away team as we bet a stake on Botev Plovdiv with the Asian Handicap 0 (Draw No Bet) on their side.
Possible Lineups of Dunav Ruse and Botev Plovdiv
Venue: “Gradski Stadion”, Ruse.
Referee: Georgi Davidov.
Dunav Ruse: Stanislav Antonov – Mihail Milchev, Petar Patev, Oleksiy Larin, Hristofor Hubchev – Diyan Dimov, Bozhidar Vasev – Yuliyan Nenov, Vasil Shopov, Birsent Karageren – Miroslav Budinov. (4-2-3-1)
Botev Plovdiv: Ivan Cvorovic – Lazar Marin, Plamen Dimov, Radoslav Terziev, Tsvetomir Panov – Yaya Meledje – Daudet N’Dongala, Felipe Brisola, Lachezar Baltanov, Todor Nedelev – Steven Petkov. (4-1-4-1)