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Lokomotiv Sofia arrive at Stadion Georgi Benkovski on Friday for the First League clash with home team Hebar Pazardzhik.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Hebar Pazardzhik v Lokomotiv Sofia can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Hebar Pazardzhik will be hoping for a better result after the 1-0 First League defeat in their last game at the hands of Botev.
In that game, Hebar Pazardzhik had 43% possession and 3 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Botev Plovdiv got 13 attempts on goal with 10 of them on target. Antonio Perera (57') was the scorer for Botev.
It’s not been often in recent times where Hebar Pazardzhik have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. In fact, Hebar Pazardzhik have seen their defence breached in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 13 goals on the way. We will have to find out if that trend will be continued on here.
Heading into this fixture, Hebar Pazardzhik are without a home win in the past 2 league matches.
Since being beaten in their last game against Arda Kardzhali in First League competition, Lokomotiv Sofia will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Lokomotiv Sofia managed 42% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 4 on target. At the other end, Arda Kardzhali got 15 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Stanislav Ivanov (84') scored for Arda Kardzhali.
Looking at their form, and Lokomotiv Sofia have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 12 goals in total. Defensively, Lokomotiv Sofia just haven’t been too solid at all.
Head to head
The previous league game between the two was First League match day 6 on 18/08/2023 which finished with the scoreline of Lokomotiv Sofia 0-1 Hebar Pazardzhik.
In that game, Lokomotiv Sofia managed 58% possession and 10 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
At the other end, Hebar Pazardzhik had 8 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Nicholas Penev (25') scored.
The match was refereed by Georgi Ivanov.
Team News: Hebar Pazardzhik
Nearly everyone is up for selection, with just one fitness concern for the Hebar Pazardzhik boss Lyuboslav Penev to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength squad. Oktay Hamdiev (Torn knee ligaments) is out of contention.
Team News: Lokomotiv Sofia
Thanks to a completely injury-free group available to choose from, the Lokomotiv Sofia boss Danilo Dončić does not have any fitness concerns to report coming into this clash.
We’re thinking that Lokomotiv Sofia will surely be able to get a goal against this Hebar Pazardzhik lineup, although that may not quite prevent them from conceding a couple at the other end.
We’re going for a 2-1 winning margin for Hebar Pazardzhik at the end of this one. It’s a very tough call.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Georgi Benkovski (13,128)
Captain: Petar Debarliev
Chairman: Elizar Spasov
Manager: Lyuboslav Penev
Competitions: First League position 12
🔑 Star Man: Georgi Nikolov
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Georgi Nikolov was born in Vratsa, Bulgaria. After having made a senior debut playing for Botev Vratsa in the 2021 - 2022 season, the skilful Forward has scored a sum of 8 league goals in the First League 2023 - 2024 season so far in a total of 17 appearances.