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The First League clash at Stadion Lokomotiv on Friday sees hosts Lokomotiv Plovdiv doing battle with Etar Veliko Tarnovo.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Lokomotiv Plovdiv v Etar Veliko Tarnovo can be seen below (plus the best game odds).
Lokomotiv Plovdiv, following on from their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after the 3-2 First League victory versus Ludogorets Razgrad.
In that game, Lokomotiv Plovdiv managed 43% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. For Lokomotiv Plovdiv, goals were scored by Momchil Tsvetanov (41'), Dimitar Iliev (44') and Lucas Salinas (78'). On the other side, Ludogorets Razgrad had 5 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Anicet Abel Andrianantenaina (17') and Claudiu Keșerü (53') scored for Ludogorets Razgrad.
Their latest results reveal that not much more can be done by the Lokomotiv Plovdiv defence. Smarfovete have been mean at the back, resulting in the total number of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their past six clashes standing at 3.
Their past results show that Lokomotiv Plovdiv:
- are unbeaten in the league by Etar Veliko Tarnovo in their previous 3 matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 24 league matches at home. Incredible, really.
Etar Veliko Tarnovo
In their previous fixture, Etar Veliko Tarnovo drew 0-0 in the First League match with Levski Sofia.
In that game, Etar Veliko Tarnovo managed 42% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. On the other side, Levski Sofia had 8 shots on goal with 2 of them on target.
In 5 of the prior six games featuring Etar Veliko Tarnovo, a relatively low number of goals have been hit between them and their opposition. The overall average goals scored per game within that spell works out to a mere 1.33, with the average goals for The Boyans standing at 0.33. That kind of pattern isn’t assured to be continued into this game, of course.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head duels dating back to 24/02/2019, both clubs have shared the honours with Lokomotiv Plovdiv winning 3 of those games, Etar Veliko Tarnovo 3 and 0 being drawn in normal time.
A combined sum of 16 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 10 of them from Smarfovete and 6 for The Boyans. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The last league game featuring these sides was First League match day 6 on 20/09/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Etar Veliko Tarnovo 1-3 Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
The match was refereed by Georgi Nikolov.
Team News: Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Lokomotiv Plovdiv manager Aleksandar Tunchev has no fitness concerns at all ahead of this clash thanks to a completely healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Etar Veliko Tarnovo
Thanks to a fully healthy squad available for selection, Etar Veliko Tarnovo boss Aleksandar Tomash has no fitness concerns at all coming into this game.
It’s likely that Etar Veliko Tarnovo will surely find it tough to break down a Lokomotiv Plovdiv side who should boss this game in attack, midfield and defence.
We’re therefore predicting a 3-0 margin for Lokomotiv Plovdiv when the referee blows the final whistle.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Lokomotiv (13,220)
Captain: Dimitar Iliev
Chairman: Hristo Bonev
Manager: Aleksandar Tunchev
Competitions: First League position 3
⭐ Key Man: Birsent Karagaren
Generally taking to the field in the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Birsent Karagaren was born in Bulgaria. Having played his first senior match for Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Midfielder has managed 4 league goals in the First League 2020 - 2021 season so far in a total of 18 appearances.