Ludogorets vs CSKA Sofia Prediction, Preview, Lineups & Betting Tip
A game that turned out to be a fierce rivalry in the Bulgarian First League nowadays promises some serious action when Ludogorets is set to host to CSKA Sofia at the “Ludogorets Arena” in Razgrad on Friday, 6 April 2018. Round 2 of the Bulgarian First League play-offs scheduled a meeting between the two title pretenders and hosts Ludogorets have a slight advantage (3 points) ahead their opponents CSKA Sofia, who on their turn are eager to put an end of Ludogorets’ domestic hegemony. The Eagles from Razgrad are becoming Bulgarian champions for the last six years and everything else will be a huge disappointment for Ludogorets, who have already been eliminated from the Bulgarian Cup exactly by CSKA – 2-1 in Sofia last December. However, we must bear in mind that the last two wins of CSKA against Ludogorets were in a very busy period for the Eagles, when they were fighting for a Europa League breakthrough, while “The Reds” are entirely focused over their domestic campaign.
The 2-1 win (after extra time) was CSKA’s second consecutive victory over Ludogorets Razgrad, both preceded by a single win of CSKA in 19 games between these two sides. Despite the two 2-1 wins, achieved in November and December 2017 respectively, The Reds from Sofia still carry a very negative balance when facing Ludogorets – 3 wins, 6 draws and 12 losses.
Find out the possible starting lineups of Ludogorets Razgrad and CSKA Sofia, as well as our betting prediction with the highest betting odds available on the selected market.
Ludogorets Razgrad vs CSKA Sofia – Prediction and Betting Tips
CSKA Sofia is unbeaten since 22 July 2017 when they’ve lost 0-1 to Ludogorets at home, which is followed by 23 wins and 5 draws in both domestic competitions. Stamen Belchev’s men are surely inspired by the momentum gained in the past few months and they have a realistic chance to win the league, especially if they manage to get a result in Razgrad.
The only missing player in CSKA is Georgi Kitanov, who’s a reserve goalkeeper anyway, but the good news are that central defender Nikolay Bodurov and league goalscorer Fernando Karanga (22 goals in 24 games) are both set to return after serving one-game suspension in the 4-1 win over Botev Plovdiv last round.
Ludogorets have won all their league games (7) in 2018 but have lost twice to AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League round of 32. Anyway, Dimitar Dimitrov’s men have scored an impressive amount of 14 goals in their last three games (3-1 vs Cherno More, 6-0 vs Etar, 5-0 vs Vereya) and are favourites of the bookies to beat CSKA at home turf.
Dimitar Dimitrov has one injury concern and that’s the Brazilian attacker Wanderson who is questionable (50/50 as Dimitrov stated before the game), but all other players are ready for battle.
We believe that Ludogorets’ domestic superiority will prevail here and our experts recommend betting on the home side – Ludogorets Razgrad (1X2 Betting) to win against CSKA Sofia. You will rarely find such odds on Ludogorets in the Bulgarian league.
Possible Starting Lineups of Ludogorets Razgrad and CSKA Sofia
Venue: “Ludogorets Arena”, Razgrad.
Referee: Stanislav Todorov.
Ludogorets Razgrad: Renan – Cicinho, Igor Plastun, Cosmin Moti, Natanael Pimienta – Svetoslav Dyakov, Anicet – Jody Lukoki, Marcelinho, Virgil Misidjan – Claudiu Keseru. (4-2-3-1)
CSKA Sofia: Vytautas Cerniauskas – Stanislav Manolev, Bozhidar Chorbadzhiyski, Nikolay Bodurov, Geferson – Kristiyan Malinov, Raoul Loe – Kiril Despodov, Tiago Rodrigues, Henrique – Fernando Karanga. (4-2-3-1)