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The First League tie at Stadion Hristo Botev on Sunday will see hosts Botev take to the field against CSKA Sofia.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Botev v CSKA Sofia are shown below - plus the latest betting odds.
Botev will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-0 First League loss in their previous game against Lokomotiv Sofia.
In that game, Botev managed 48% possession and 14 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Lokomotiv Sofia had 13 shots on goal with 5 on target. Dimitar Mitkov (50') and Iliya Dimitrov (85') scored for Lokomotiv Sofia.
Botev have really struggled up front in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 2 against opponents over the course of their previous six outings. In those meetings, Botev have also seen the tally of goals that have gone against them total 10.
Their past results show that Botev:
- haven't lost in the league to CSKA Sofia in their previous 2 games.
- are without a win at home for the past 2 league games.
After a losing effort in their last game against St. Patrick's Athletic in Conference League Qualifiers action, CSKA Sofia and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
Serge Atakayi (87') scored for St. Patrick's Athletic.
A succession of hard-working showings from the CSKA Sofia defensive players has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded standing at 3 from their past 6 fixtures overall. During the same period of time, their own attack force has managed to score 11. We will just have to find out if that trend will be sustained in this game.
Analysis of their past results shows that CSKA Sofia:
- are undefeated in their previous 2 away league matches.
- are without an away win for the past 6 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head-to-head meetings stretching back to 22/02/2020 shows us that Botev have won 1 of these and CSKA Sofia 4, with the number of drawn results being 1.
A sum of 14 goals were yielded between them throughout the course of those matches, with 5 of them for The Canaries and 9 netted by The Army Men. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
The last league clash between these clubs was First League match day 4 on 19/05/2022 which ended up with the score at CSKA Sofia 0-0 Botev.
In that match, CSKA Sofia managed 51% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
For their opponents, Botev had 12 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target.
The referee was Stanimir Trenchev.
Team News: Botev
Todor Nedelev (Head Injury) and Stanislav Rabotov (Knee Surgery) won’t be available for Botev gaffer Azrudin Valentic. James Eto'o cannot play in this game through suspension.
Team News: CSKA Sofia
Due to a completely healthy squad to pick from, the CSKA Sofia boss Saša Ilić doesn’t have any fitness worries to report ahead of this clash.
We think that Botev will need things to go their way to breach the defence of this CSKA Sofia team who we think might be able to grind out a win.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a good tussle with a 0-1 win for CSKA Sofia when the referee blows for full-time.
Little in this one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Hristo Botev (22,800)
Captain: Todor Nedelev
Chairman: German Chistyakov
Manager: Azrudin Valentic
Competitions: First League position 16
⭐ Key Man: Martin Sekulić
Normally taking to the field in the Striker position, Martin Sekulić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. After having played his first senior match for Botev in the 2022 - 2023 season, the gifted Forward has netted 2 league goals in the First League 2022 - 2023 campaign to date in a total of 3 appearances.