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CSKA Sofia host visitors Botev at Stadion Balgarska Armia in the First League match on Sunday.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for CSKA Sofia v Botev are shown on this page - as well as up-to-date odds.
CSKA Sofia are hoping to win again after their last result, a 1-2 First League success vs Tsarsko Selo.
In that game, CSKA Sofia had 47% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 7 on target. For CSKA Sofia, the goalscorers were Amos Youga (55') and Karlo Muhar (93'). Tsarsko Selo got 8 attempts at goal with 5 of them on target. Lucas Dias (72') scored for Tsarsko Selo.
Matches with CSKA Sofia have tended to be absorbing encounters of late with high scoring the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, a grand total of 20 goals have flown in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 10 of them belonging to CSKA Sofia.
Taking a look at their past results, CSKA Sofia:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Botev in their last 10 matches. A long run without a loss.
- are undefeated in their last 3 home league matches.
Botev head into the encounter following a 3-1 First League win to defeat CSKA 1948 in their last game.
In that game, Botev managed 55% possession and 10 shots on goal with 7 of them on target. For Botev, the goalscorers were Todor Nedelev (31') and Marquinhos (40', 67'). CSKA 1948 got 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Galin Ivanov (49') was the scorer for CSKA 1948.
The numbers tell their own story, and Botev have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 5 goals in total. At the back, Botev could really do with shoring things up. Such a pattern isn’t assured to be sustained into this game, of course.
Looking at the pre-match facts, Botev:
- are undefeated in their last 3 away league matches.
- are without a win away from home in their last 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head clashes going back to 29/04/2019 shows that CSKA Sofia have won 5 of these games & Botev 1, with the number of drawn results standing at 0.
A total of 11 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 8 of them for The Army Men and 3 being from The Canaries. That is an average goals per game value of 1.83.
The last league fixture between the two was First League match day 15 on 06/12/2020 and the score finished Botev 0-3 CSKA Sofia.
The referee was Nikolay Yordanov.
Team News: CSKA Sofia
The CSKA Sofia manager Stoycho Mladenov will be grateful to have no fitness worries to speak of coming into this match with a fully healthy group available to select from.
Team News: Botev
Owing to an otherwise full-strength group, there’s only the one fitness worry for the Botev boss Azrudin Valentic to be concerned about. Kostadin Nichev (Fractured Hand) misses out for this game. Players who are serving a ban and are therefore ineligible to play are Yoan Baurenski and Krasimir Todorov.
In our opinion, CSKA Sofia certainly have the ability to be able to score a couple against Botev, who might well find it difficult to break down their defence.
We reckon that it will be a 2-0 winning score for CSKA Sofia by the time that the referee blows the final whistle.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Balgarska Armia (22,995)
Captain: Geferson Cerqueira Teles
Chairman: Grisha Ganchev
Manager: Stoycho Mladenov
Competitions: First League position 3, Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (3rd Qualifying Round), Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round), Conference League (Group C)
🔑 Star Man: Jordy Caicedo
Mostly used in the Striker position, Jordy Caicedo was born in Machala, Ecuador. Having made his senior debut playing for CSKA Sofia in the 2020 - 2021 season, the accomplished Forward has accumulated 5 league goals in the First League 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in a total of 6 appearances.