The First League fixture at Hristo Botev Stadium on Monday sees home side Botev playing against opponents Cherno More Varna.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Botev v Cherno More Varna can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Botev head into this game coming off the back of a 0-0 First League tied result versus Tsarsko Selo.
In that game, Botev managed 44% possession and 6 shots on goal with 3 on target. At the other end, Tsarsko Selo had 11 shots on goal with 5 on target.
A recurring aspect of more recent Botev games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their prior six clashes before this one, in 5 of them a bet on both teams scoring would've been a losing one.
A look at their previous results shows us that Botev:
- haven't beaten Cherno More Varna in their previous 6 matches in the league.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 matches in the league.
Cherno More Varna
After being defeated in their last game at the hands of Levski Sofia in First League competition, Cherno More Varna and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Cherno More Varna managed 48% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Cherno More Varna was Ilian Iliev (41'). On the other side, Levski Sofia had 7 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. Zhivko Atanasov (79') was the scorer for Levski Sofia.
Throughout their 6 latest matches, Ilian Iliev's Cherno More Varna have fired home 9 times, yielding them a goals scored per game average of 1.5.
Taking a look at their past results, Cherno More Varna:
- have not registered a win against Botev when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- haven't been defeated by Botev when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head clashes going back to 20/09/2019 shows us that Botev have won 1 of them and Cherno More Varna 3, with the tally of drawn games being 2.
A sum of 10 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 3 from The Canaries and 7 netted by The Sailors. That’s an average goals per game of 1.67.
The last league encounter featuring these clubs was First League match day 1 on 05/05/2021 which ended up with the score at Cherno More Varna 3-1 Botev.
In that match, Cherno More Varna managed 61% possession and 14 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. The scorers were Rodrigo Henrique (3', 6') and José Gomes (36').
For their opponents, Botev had 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Atanas Iliev (25') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Ivelin Zanev.
Team News: Botev
Looking at personnel, there is just the lone fitness concern for the Botev boss Azrudin Valentic to be concerned with due to a largely intact group of players. Todor Nedelev (Knee Surgery) won’t play.
Team News: Cherno More Varna
Out of a mainly available squad, there is just the sole fitness problem for the Cherno More Varna manager Ilian Iliev to be concerned about. Georgi Bozhilov (Achilles tendon surgery) misses out for this game.
We’re envisaging that Botev will need things to go their way to put one past this Cherno More Varna team who we think will end up scoring and staying ahead.
We’ve gone for a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 winning score for Cherno More Varna when all is said and done.
Looking forward to this.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Hristo Botev Stadium (18,777)
Captain: Todor Nedelev
Chairman: Daniel Cerejido
Manager: Azrudin Valentic
Competitions: First League position 10
🔑 Star Player: Michel Espinosa
Customarily used in the Centre Midfield position, Michel Espinosa was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Having made his senior debut playing for Clermont Foot in the 2015 - 2016 season, the talented Midfielder has scored a sum of 3 league goals in the First League 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 21 appearances.