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Ludogorets Razgrad will host visiting side Botev at Huvepharma Arena in this First League fixture on Saturday.
Our Ludogorets Razgrad v Botev predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
Ludogorets Razgrad are hoping to win again after their last result, the 0-1 Europa League Qualifiers success over Ajax.
In that match, Ludogorets Razgrad managed 47% possession and 8 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for Ludogorets Razgrad was Matías Tissera (62'). Ajax had 8 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Matches involving Ludogorets Razgrad have usually been absorbing encounters recently with high scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen games, a grand total of 21 goals have flown in for both teams combined (at an average of 3.5 goals per game) with 15 of those accredited to Ludogorets Razgrad.
Analysis of their past results shows that Ludogorets Razgrad:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Botev in their last 15 games. What a record.
- are unbeaten in their last 10 home league matches. They have been so resilient here.
Botev will go into the meeting after a 3-1 First League win over Slavia Sofia in their most recent outing.
In that game, Botev managed 52% possession and 12 attempts at goal with 7 on target. For Botev, the scorers were Ivelin Popov (26') and Martin Sekulić (38', 40'). On the other side, Slavia Sofia got 11 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Ertan Tombak (82') was the scorer for Slavia Sofia.
The stats tell the story, and Botev have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 7 goals overall. At the back, Botev have clearly had some problems. We will just have to find out whether or not that trend can be sustained in this game.
Head to head
A study of past results between these clubs stretching back to 26/04/2021 reveals that these encounters have been miserable for Botev. They’ve not been able to get themselves any victories whatsoever whereas Ludogorets Razgrad have just been stronger than them, getting wins in 100 per cent of those ties.
A sum of 15 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 13 of them from The Eagles and 2 netted by The Canaries. That is an average goals per game value of 2.5.
The last league meeting between the two was First League match day 30 on 07/05/2023 when the final score was Botev 0-2 Ludogorets Razgrad.
In that match, Botev had 46% possession and 8 shots at goal with 1 of them on target.
On the other side, Ludogorets Razgrad had 14 shots on goal with 3 on target. Caio Vidal (27') and Igor Thiago (44') scored.
The match was refereed by Georgi Ginchev.
Team News: Ludogorets Razgrad
Dinis Almeida (Torn Knee Ligament), Anton Nedyalkov (Surgery), Kwadwo Duah (Ankle Injury) and Denny Gropper (Cruciate Ligament Surgery) aren’t available for Ludogorets Razgrad manager Ivaylo Petev.
Team News: Botev
Thanks to a mainly healthy squad, there’s only the sole fitness problem for the Botev boss Dušan Kerkez to be concerned with. Chavdar Ivaylov (Ligament Injury) won’t be playing here.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Botev must be fancied to put one past this Ludogorets Razgrad outfit, however it isn’t expected to prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re predicting a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 victory for Ludogorets Razgrad by the time that the referee blows the final whistle. We’ll have to see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Huvepharma Arena (10,422)
Captain: Anton Nedyalkov
Chairman: Temenuga Gazdova
Manager: Ivaylo Petev
Competitions: First League position 5, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs), Conference League (Group H)
⭐ Star Man: Kiril Despodov
Mostly deployed in the Left Wing position, Kiril Despodov was born in Kresna, Bulgaria. After making a first senior appearance for Litex Lovech in the 2011 - 2012 season, the accomplished Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in this First League 2023 - 2024 campaign to date in 4 appearances.