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Etar Veliko Tarnovo head to Stadion Balgarska Armia on Saturday for the First League tie with hosts CSKA Sofia.
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CSKA Sofia, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following a 1-4 First League triumph versus Krumovgrad.
In that game, CSKA Sofia managed 53% possession and 12 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. For CSKA Sofia, goals were scored by Amos Youga (38'), Hristiyan Petrov (78'), Danilo Moreno (83') and Marcelino Carreazo (91'). At the other end, Krumovgrad had 8 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Aleksandar Kolev (34') scored for Krumovgrad.
Their more recent scorelines really do illustrate the point that there has been much resilience in the CSKA Sofia defence. CSKA Sofia have given the opposition little, with the total number of goals that have gone past their goalkeeper during their last six games standing at 3. That trend won’t necessarily be carried forward into this game, of course.
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Ludogorets Razgrad in First League action, Etar Veliko Tarnovo will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that match, Etar Veliko Tarnovo managed 35% possession and 3 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. At the other end, Ludogorets had 19 attempts at goal with 8 on target. Kwadwo Duah (3'), Todor Nedelev (32'), Jakub Piotrowski (37') and Bernard Tekpetey (41') scored for Ludogorets Razgrad.
The stats don’t lie, and Etar Veliko Tarnovo have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 12 goals in total. Defensively, Etar Veliko Tarnovo seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly.
Ahead of this meeting, Etar Veliko Tarnovo haven’t won away from home in the past 4 matches in the league.
Head to head
An inspection of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 09/03/2019 shows that these encounters have not been kind to Etar Veliko Tarnovo. They’ve not been able to get any victories whatsoever while CSKA Sofia have maintained the edge over them, beating them in 67% of those ties.
18 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 13 of them for The Army Men and 5 netted by The Boyans. The average goals per game has been 3.
Team News: CSKA Sofia
The CSKA Sofia boss Nestor El Maestro has no fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this match owing to a fully injury-free group available to select from.
Team News: Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Due to a completely healthy group available to select from, the Etar Veliko Tarnovo manager Svetoslav Petrov has zero fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this match.
It’s likely that Etar Veliko Tarnovo will be right up against it in order to score any goals at all against a CSKA Sofia side who will more than likely dominate this game and make it count on the scoreboard.
Our selection here is for a very comprehensive 4-0 victory with possibly even more for CSKA Sofia when the referee blows the final whistle.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Balgarska Armia (22,995)
Captain: Jurgen Mattheij
Chairman: Danail Ganchev
Manager: Nestor El Maestro
Competitions: First League position 1
⭐ Star Man: Michael Estrada
Usually taking up the Striker position, Michael Estrada was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. After having played his first senior match for Toluca in the 2019 - 2020 season, the dangerous Forward has hit 4 league goals in this First League 2023 - 2024 campaign so far from a total of 14 appearances.