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Arda Kardzhali make the trip to Vasil Levski National Stadium on Friday for the First League game with home team CSKA 1948.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the CSKA 1948 v Arda Kardzhali game - as well as up-to-date odds.
CSKA 1948 head into this game following on from a 2-2 First League drawn game against Beroe Stara Zagora.
In that match, CSKA 1948 managed 58% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 4 on target. For CSKA 1948, the scorers were Aleksandar Kolev (45') and Ivaylo Chochev (58'). On the other side, Beroe Stara Zagora had 5 shots at goal with 2 on target. Simeon Mechev (55') and Alioune Fall (94') scored for Beroe Stara Zagora.
Nikolay Kirov's CSKA 1948 have managed to score 13 times over their past half-dozen outings. Conversely, the number of goals that they have conceded in those games stands at 6.
Previously, Arda Kardzhali drew 4-4 in the First League tie with Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
In that game, Arda Kardzhali had 44% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. For Arda Kardzhali, the goals were scored by Tonislav Yordanov (3'), Lachezar Kotev (65'), Ivan Tilev (68') and Ivan Kokonov (73'). On the other side, Lokomotiv Plovdiv got 19 shots at goal with 9 on target. Dimitar Iliev (7'), Vincent Marcel (76'), Ivaylo Dimitrov (86') and Miloš Petrović (89') scored for Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Demonstrating their predisposition for fruitful matches, we’ve had goals 22 times in the previous six games in which Arda Kardzhali have taken to the pitch, yielding a mean average of 3.67 goals each fixture. Opposition teams have managed 13 of these goals.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 24/08/2020 shows us that CSKA 1948 have won 1 of these games and Arda Kardzhali 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 3.
A combined total of 18 goals were scored between them in these games, with 9 of them for CSKA and 9 created by The Vallecans. That is an average goals per game value of 3.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was First League match day 2 on 22/04/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Arda Kardzhali 3-6 CSKA 1948.
On that occasion, Arda Kardzhali managed 53% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The goals were scored by Svetoslav Kovachev (48') and Ivan Kokonov (70').
CSKA 1948 got 17 attempts at goal with 11 of them on target. Aleksandar Emilov Aleksandrov (4' Own goal), Ivaylo Chochev (34'), Mario Topuzov (35'), Galin Ivanov (45', 59', 70') and Emil Martinov (64') scored.
The referee was Stanimir Trenchev.
Team News: CSKA 1948
Regarding absentees, there’s just one fitness concern for the CSKA 1948 boss Nikolay Kirov to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Steliyan Dobrev (Collarbone fracture) misses out.
It looks as if CSKA look set to go for a 4-2-3-1 system this time featuring Daniel Naumov, Sasho Aleksandrov, Lazar Marin, Reyan Daskalov, Angel Lyaskov, Emil Martinov, Ivailo Chochev, Mario Topuzov, Galin Ivanov, Georgi Rusev and Aleksandar Kolev.
Team News: Arda Kardzhali
With a fully injury-free group ready to go, the Arda Kardzhali boss Stamen Belchev does not have any fitness concerns to speak of coming into this match.
It’s our belief that The Vallecans will likely play in a 4-2-3-1 formation, settling for Martin Lukov, Atanas Zehirov, Milen Stoev, Milen Zhelev, Aleksandar Georgiev, Rumen Rumenov, Lachezar Kotev, Svetoslav Kovachev, Ivan Tilev, Ivan Kokonov and Tonislav Yordanov.
In our opinion, CSKA 1948 can get the win and a possible clean sheet when they play Arda Kardzhali, who could well struggle to find the back of the net.
Accordingly, we see a comfortable 2-0 win for CSKA 1948 at the end of the match.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Vasil Levski National Stadium (43,230)
Captain: Galin Ivanov
Chairman: Dobrin Gyonov
Manager: Nikolay Kirov
Competitions: First League position 8
🔑 Star Player: Aleksandar Kolev
Usually playing in the Striker position, Aleksandar Kolev was born in Bulgaria. After having made a senior debut playing for Botev in the 2014 - 2015 season, the accomplished Forward has managed 5 league goals in the First League 2021 - 2022 season to date coming from a total of 11 appearances.