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The First League clash at Stadion Hristo Botev on Saturday sees home side Botev Vratsa taking on opponents Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Our tips, poll and stats for Botev Vratsa v Lokomotiv Plovdiv can all be found here - along with the latest match odds.
Botev Vratsa will be hoping to return to winning ways here following the 1-0 First League loss in their previous game against Slavia Sofia.
Martin Georgiev (44') scored for Slavia Sofia.
It’s not been often in recent games where Botev Vratsa have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Botev Vratsa have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, giving up 13 goals along the way.
Leading up to this clash, Botev Vratsa:
- haven't beaten Lokomotiv Plovdiv in their previous 3 league games.
- haven’t won at home in the past 3 league games.
Lokomotiv Plovdiv will go into the meeting following on from a 2-1 First League win over Lokomotiv Sofia in their most recent outing.
In that match, Lokomotiv Plovdiv managed 65% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The only player to score for Lokomotiv Plovdiv was Georgi Minchev (11'). On the other side, Lokomotiv Sofia got 10 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. França (24') and Bruno (53' Own goal) scored for Lokomotiv Sofia.
The stats don’t lie, and Lokomotiv Plovdiv have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 8 goals overall. Defensively, Lokomotiv Plovdiv have clearly had some problems. That pattern won’t necessarily be carried forward here, though.
Their prior results show that Lokomotiv Plovdiv:
- are undefeated by Botev Vratsa in games played away from home for the previous 5 matches in the league. A very decent away record against them.
- are unbeaten in their last 9 league matches away from home. They've been so good on the road.
- have not won away from home in their last 4 league games.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes going back to 06/12/2020 tells us that Botev Vratsa have won 1 of them and Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3, with the number of draws being 2.
A combined total of 12 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 4 of them from Vratsa and 8 coming from Smarfovete. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.
Team News: Botev Vratsa
Chavdar Ivaylov (Ligament injury) and Miroslav Marinov (Torn thigh muscle) are unavailable for Botev Vratsa gaffer Hristo Yanev.
We are thinking that Botev Vratsa should line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation for this game and select Federico Barrios, Bryan Mendoza, Eduardo Kunde, Martin Hristov, Boubacar Traore, Stefan Velev, Mario Jason Kikonda, Spas Georgiev, Daniel Genov, Marco Majouga and Brayan Perea.
Team News: Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Out of a mainly full-strength group, there is only a single fitness problem for the Lokomotiv Plovdiv gaffer Aleksandar Tomash to be concerned about. Kaloyan Kostov (Torn ligaments) misses out for this game.
We are inclined to think that Smarfovete seem likely to elect for a 4-2-3-1 lineup, choosing Dinko Horkas, Oliver Kamdem, Martin Paskalev, Jorge Segura, Angel Lyaskov, Kristiyan Peshov, Georgi Karakashev, Ewandro, Dimitar Iliev, Petar Andreev and Georgi Minchev.
We’re inclined to think that Botev Vratsa will have a tough ask to break down this Lokomotiv Plovdiv side who we reckon should get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore tipping a very even contest with a 0-1 win for Lokomotiv Plovdiv after 90 minutes.
There should be little in it.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Hristo Botev (25,000)
Captain: Krasimir Kostov
Chairman: Hristo Iliev
Manager: Hristo Yanev
Competitions: First League position 15
🔑 Key Man: Brayan Perea
Regularly deployed in the Striker position, Brayan Perea was born in Cali, Colombia. After having played his first senior match for Lazio in the 2013 - 2014 season, the skilful Forward has managed 3 league goals in the First League 2023 - 2024 season to date from a total of 15 appearances.