Levski Sofia vs Ludogorets Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tips
A renewed team of Levski takes on the reigning champion Ludogorets Razgrad in a postponed match from opening round of the Bulgarian First League tonight at the “Vivacom Arena – Georgi Asparuhov” in Sofia. The game starts at 20:00 local time, and is expected to attract great attendance by the fans, who are inspired after arrival of Italian coach Delio Rossi. Indeed, enthusiasm has returned in the blue side and now they have a tough challenge in face of Ludogorets.
H2H History: Levski Sofia vs Ludogorets Razgrad
Since Ludogorets’ top league promotion in season 2011-12, Levski and Ludogorets have 20 competitive meetings on both domestic fronts. The overall balance is backing guests from Razgrad who have 11 wins against 5 of Levski, but only 4 of them were in Sofia, which makes their head-to-head history in Sofia equal. There are 4 wins of the hosts, two draws and four wins for Ludogorets.
Bulgarian First League: Levski Sofia vs Ludogorets 06.09.2017
The clash will also be a coaching duel between Rossi and new coach of Ludogorets – Dimitar “Hero” Dimitrov, who has refused to lead Levski Sofia a few times in past couple of years. Something which makes the game with greater charge and the football supporters are surely thankful that it has been postponed from round one, when situation (players and coaching staff) in both clubs was absolutely different. Now we have two sides fighting for the top position as a win here will move Ludogorets individually on top of the table, while a home win will eventually level Levski alongside eternal rivals CSKA Sofia.
Match Preview: Team News, Squads and Missing Players
The good news for Levski are related with names of Milos Cvetkovic and Antonio Vutov, who are expected to start from the outset. Delio Rossi will most likely choose the same 4-2-3-1 formation he uses so far and coming after three consecutive wins (2:0 vs Dunav Ruse, 3:0 vs Pirin, 4:0 vs Slavia Sofia) Levski looks revived. Moreover, Delio Rossi is pleased with progress shown by summer signings Jordi Gomez, Gabriel Obertan, Junior Mapuku, Sergio Bus, as the last two compete for a position on top of Levski’s attack. Besides, Levski strenghtened its lines with two new signings in the past few days – Icelandic defender Holmar Örn Eyjolfsson who arrives from Maccabi Haifa, as well as French midfielder Anthony Belmonte who comes from Dijon. They will probably remain on the bench but their presence improves the options which experienced Italian coach has, so thus expectations are that Levski must claim a serious title ambition this season.
On the other side Dimitar Dimitrov can’t be so inspired before the match as “Hero” has some serious questions in defense. Cosmin Moti and Georgi Terziev were both on international duty with the national teams of Romania and Bulgaria, respectively on Sunday and Monday night, so they won’t be fresh enough for such a battle on Wednesday night. However, Cosmin Moti will most likely start next to Igor Plastun, who still recovers from injury, but current circumstances may require his return sooner. New Brazilian signing Rafael Forster (defender), who joined Ludogorets only couple of days ago, is with the team in Sofia but we highly doubt he’s ready to start, not to mention that he doesn’t have any experience playing alongside his new partners.
Up front situation looks fine where Ludogorets’ coach has enough options in midfield and in attack. Summer signing Jacek Goralski claims a position in midfield but “Hero” will probably start with experienced captain Dyakov and Anicet. Marcelinho should start behind the striker, where Romanian goal scorer Claudiu Keseru is expected to take his position. Virgil “Vura” Misidjan and Wanderson should push through both wings.
Levski Sofia vs Ludogorets Razgrad Prediction and Betting Tips
Our betting prediction is pretty much influenced by the defensive issues in Ludogorets and with enthusiasm of the home side, who seem to be in very good spirit on all fronts (players, coaching staff, management, fans) for the first time after some years. Levski won’t lose vs Ludogorets – Double Chance (1X) on “The Blues”.
Possible Lineups of Levski Sofia and Ludogorets Razgrad
Venue: “Vivacom Arena – Georgi Asparuhov”, Sofia.
Referee: Nikola Popov.
Levski Sofia: Bozhidar Mitrev – Ivan Goranov, David Jablonsky, Dimitar Pirgov, Milos Cvetkovic – Jordi Gomez, Vasil Panayotov – Roman Prochazka, Gabriel Obertan, Antonio Vutov – Junior Mapuku. (4-2-3-1)
Ludogorets Razgrad: Jorge Broun – Natanael, Cosmin Moti, Igor Plastun, Cicinho – Anicet, Svetoslav Dyakov – Wanderson, Marcelinho, Virgil Misidjan – Claudiu Keseru. (4-2-3-1)