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The First League tie at Stadion Hristo Botev on Saturday will see home side Botev playing Pirin.
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Botev go into this match following a 1-1 First League drawn game versus Levski Sofia.
In that match, Botev managed 45% possession and 8 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Botev was Antoine Baroan (54'). Levski Sofia had 11 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Tsunami (18') was the scorer for Levski Sofia.
Fixtures involving Botev have tended to be lively ones recently with a lot of goalmouth action the rule rather than the exception. Over their past 6 clashes alone, the sum of 22 goals have been scored for both sides combined (at an average of 3.67 goals per game) with 16 of these being chalked up by Botev. We shall soon find out if that trend will be sustained in this game.
Their past results show that Botev:
- have not been beaten in the league by Pirin in their last 6 games.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 league matches at home.
Pirin will go into the meeting following on from a 2-1 First League win over CSKA 1948 in their previous match.
In that match, Pirin had 42% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Pirin was Aymen Souda (68', 86'). CSKA 1948 got 13 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Birsent Karagaren (58') scored for CSKA 1948.
The stats don’t lie, and Pirin have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, letting opponents get 10 goals in total. At the back, Pirin could really do with shoring things up.
Analysis of their past results shows that Pirin:
- have not emerged victorious against Botev when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
A quick look at past results between these clubs stretching back to 27/10/2017 shows that these fixtures have been disappointments for Pirin. They’ve not been able to get any victories at all whereas Botev have been the better of the two, getting wins in 83% of those ties.
An aggregate of 17 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 12 of them for The Canaries and 5 belonging to Orletata. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
Team News: Botev
Chavdar Ivaylov (Ligament injury) and Miroslav Marinov (Torn thigh muscle) will not be taking part for Botev boss Dušan Kerkez. Antonio Perera is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Pirin
With a fully injury-free squad to pick from, the Pirin boss Ivo Trenchev has no fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash.
In our opinion, Botev have it within them to create the chances to score more than once when they play Pirin, who won’t find it easy to find the back of the net.
We’re therefore expecting to see a controlled 2-0 winning margin for Botev when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Hristo Botev (18,777)
Captain: Lachezar Baltanov
Chairman: German Chistyakov
Manager: Dušan Kerkez
Competitions: First League position 10
⭐ Star Man: Antoine Baroan
Typically playing in the Striker position, Antoine Baroan was born in France. After having played his first senior match for Niort in the 2018 - 2019 season, the skilful Forward has netted 8 league goals in this First League 2023 - 2024 season so far in 10 appearances.