The First League fixture at Stadion Hristo Botev on Tuesday will see home side Botev lock horns with Arda Kardzhali.
Our predictions, user poll and statistics for Botev v Arda Kardzhali can be found here including the latest game odds.
Botev, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 1-2 First League success over Lokomotiv Sofia.
In that match, Botev had 52% possession and 16 shots at goal with 6 on target. The scorer for Botev was Nikolay Minkov (39'). Lokomotiv Sofia got 18 shots on goal with 7 on target. Antonio Vutov (34') scored for Lokomotiv Sofia.
Botev have found it difficult to unlock defences in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure equals just 3 against opponents over their previous six outings. In those games, Botev have also seen the number of goals that have gone against them come to 8.
Arda Kardzhali head into the encounter following a 3-2 First League win against Slavia Sofia in their last fixture.
In that game, Arda Kardzhali managed 52% possession and 17 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. For Arda Kardzhali, the scorers were Preslav Borukov (55', 90') and Lassana N'Diaye (89'). For their opponents, Slavia Sofia got 8 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Erol Dost (24') and Ahmed Ahmedov (73') scored for Slavia Sofia.
Aleksandar Tunchev's Arda Kardzhali have seen their goal attempts be successful a total of 12 times throughout their previous 6 matches. The total of goals that have been scored against them during those same clashes adds up to 5.
Going into this encounter, Arda Kardzhali have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking at their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 12/02/2021 shows that Botev have won 2 of them & Arda Kardzhali 4, with the number of drawn matches being 0.
A total of 15 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 6 from The Canaries and 9 for The Vallecans. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.5.
The previous league game featuring these sides was First League match day 3 on 23/05/2023 when the final score was Arda Kardzhali 2-1 Botev.
On that day, Arda Kardzhali managed 54% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 on target. Their only player to score was Svetoslav Kovachev (62', 65').
Botev got 8 shots on goal with 2 on target. Martin Sekulić (35') was the scorer.
The referee was Georgi Davidov.
Team News: Botev
Roberto Puncec (Unknown Injury), Hidajet Hankić (Unknown Injury) and Dylan Mertens (Unknown Injury) won’t be playing for Botev gaffer Bruno Baltazar. The players ineligible for this match because of suspension are Umeh Emmanuel and Tochukwu Nnadi.
Team News: Arda Kardzhali
Thanks to a fully injury-free squad available for selection, the Arda Kardzhali boss Aleksandar Tunchev has zero fitness concerns at all coming into this match.
Our feeling is that Botev are certainly able to find the net against this Arda Kardzhali outfit, but a single goal is unlikely to be good enough.
We’re going for a close game with a 1-2 winning margin for Arda Kardzhali at full-time. Let’s just see how this one goes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Hristo Botev (22,800)
Captain: Viktor Genev
Chairman: German Chistyakov
Manager: Bruno Baltazar
Competitions: First League position 10
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Normally playing in the Striker position, Antoine Baroan was born in France. Having made his senior debut playing for Niort in the 2018 - 2019 season, the skilful Forward has struck 14 league goals in this First League 2022 - 2023 campaign so far in 31 appearances.