Botev Vratsa journey to Stadion Ivaylo on Friday for the First League fixture with home team Etar Veliko Tarnovo.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Etar Veliko Tarnovo v Botev Vratsa match are shown here (plus the best game odds).
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Etar Veliko Tarnovo will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 0-3 First League loss in their previous game against Slavia Sofia.
In that game, Etar Veliko Tarnovo had 56% possession and 4 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Slavia Sofia had 10 shots at goal with 5 on target. Radoslav Kirilov (54', 69') and Peter Makrillos (81') scored for Slavia Sofia.
Etar Veliko Tarnovo have been quite ineffective in attack in recent times. Their goals record stands at just 3 versus opposition teams over their last 6 outings. In those meetings, The Boyans have also seen the tally of goals against them total 10.
Going into this encounter, Etar Veliko Tarnovo haven't beaten Botev Vratsa in their last 5 matches in the league.
Botev Vratsa come into this match following on from a 1-0 First League win versus Montana in their last outing.
In that game, Botev Vratsa managed 51% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. The scorer for Botev Vratsa was Daniel Genov (60'). Montana got 7 attempts at goal with 2 on target.
A run of dependable performances by the Botev Vratsa defenders has seen their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 3 from their past 6 fixtures combined. Over that same period, their own attack force has managed to score 5. Such a trend won’t necessarily be carried forward here, though.
Going into this contest, Botev Vratsa haven't been defeated by Etar Veliko Tarnovo in games played away from home for the previous 2 league games.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 25/04/2019 shows that Etar Veliko Tarnovo have won 0 of them & Botev Vratsa 3, with the tally of drawn results standing at 3.
A combined sum of 15 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 4 of them from The Boyans and 11 being from Vratsa. The average goals per game has been 2.5.
The last league game featuring these sides was First League match day 1 on 03/05/2021 when it ended Botev Vratsa 2-0 Etar Veliko Tarnovo.
That day, Botev Vratsa had 57% possession and 8 shots at goal with 6 on target. The scorers were Dorian Babunski (78') and Chavdar Ivaylov (92').
Etar Veliko Tarnovo had 8 shots on goal with 4 of them on target.
The referee was Volen Chinkov.
Team News: Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Etar Veliko Tarnovo boss Aleksandar Tomash will be grateful to have no fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash with a fully healthy group available for selection.
Team News: Botev Vratsa
Owing to a completely injury-free squad available to choose from, Botev Vratsa manager Veselin Velikov has zero fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this game.
Botev Vratsa will have their work cut out to breach the defence of this Etar Veliko Tarnovo side who we think might well end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
That’s why our selection here is for a highly competitive game with a 1-0 winning margin for Etar Veliko Tarnovo when the full-time whistle blows.
Should be an interesting one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Stadium: Stadion Ivaylo (15,000)
Captain: Hristo Ivanov
Chairman: Deyan Kuzdov
Manager: Aleksandar Tomash
Competitions: First League position 14
⭐ Key Player: Preslav Borukov
Usually taking up the Striker position, Preslav Borukov was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. Having made a first senior appearance for Etar Veliko Tarnovo in the 2020 - 2021 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 9 league goals in this First League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 26 appearances.