Ludogorets Razgrad take on visiting side Lokomotiv Plovdiv at Huvepharma Arena in the First League match on Saturday.
Full predictions, pre-match stats and user poll for Ludogorets Razgrad v Lokomotiv Plovdiv are shown on this page - as well as up-to-date odds.
Ludogorets Razgrad are hoping to win again following the 3-1 First League success against Beroe Stara Zagora.
In that match, Ludogorets Razgrad managed 60% possession and 13 shots on goal with 7 on target. For Ludogorets Razgrad, the goals were scored by Kiril Despodov (27'), Dominic Yankov (79') and Claudiu Keșerü (83'). For their opponents, Beroe Stara Zagora had 4 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Gaius Makouta (38') was the scorer for Beroe Stara Zagora.
Ludogorets Razgrad haven’t had any problems with scoring, netting in one hundred percent of their last 6 games.
They’ve totted up the amount of 14 during that period while also conceding a total of 2. Such a trend isn’t assured to be continued here, of course.
Coming into this fixture, Ludogorets Razgrad haven't been defeated in their previous 38 home league matches. A fantastic home record.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against CSKA 1948 in First League competition, Lokomotiv Plovdiv will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Lokomotiv Plovdiv managed 53% possession and 4 attempts on goal with 0 of them on target. At the other end, CSKA 1948 had 2 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Ivaylo Chochev (55') scored for CSKA 1948.
The trend of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Lokomotiv Plovdiv has been fairly consistent recently. Examining their last 6 outings reveals that this has happened 5 times. During those clashes, opposing sides have managed a goal aggregate of 2 while Smarfovete have scored 7.
Ahead of this clash, Lokomotiv Plovdiv have not beaten Ludogorets Razgrad when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 24/11/2018 shows that Ludogorets Razgrad have won 4 of these games & Lokomotiv Plovdiv 1, with the tally of drawn matches being 1.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 22 in total at an average of 3.67 goals per match.
The last league contest between these clubs was First League match day 18 on 20/02/2021 when it ended Lokomotiv Plovdiv 3-2 Ludogorets Razgrad.
On that occasion, Lokomotiv Plovdiv managed 43% possession and 8 shots on goal with 3 on target. The goalscorers were Momchil Tsvetanov (41'), Dimitar Iliev (43') and Lucas Salinas (77').
On the other side, Ludogorets Razgrad got 5 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. Anicet Abel Andrianantenaina (16') and Claudiu Keșerü (53') scored.
The referee was Volen Chinkov.
Team News: Ludogorets Razgrad
There is just one fitness concern for the Ludogorets Razgrad boss Valdas Dambrauskas to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength set of players. Higinio Marín (Tibia and Fibula Fracture) is sidelined.
Team News: Lokomotiv Plovdiv
Out of a mainly healthy group, there’s just the one fitness issue for the Lokomotiv Plovdiv manager Aleksandar Tunchev to contend with. Martin Lukov (Ankle Injury) won’t be playing here.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that Lokomotiv Plovdiv might need a bit of good fortune to hit the back of the net against this Ludogorets Razgrad lineup who we think will get a goal themselves and run out victorious.
We’re therefore tipping a good tussle with a 1-0 win for Ludogorets Razgrad at the end of the 90.
We’ll see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Huvepharma Arena (10,500)
Captain: Svetoslav Dyakov
Chairman: Aleksandar Aleksandrov
Manager: Valdas Dambrauskas
Competitions: First League position 1, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Key Man: Cauly Souza
Usually taking to the field in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Cauly Souza was born in Porto Seguro - Bahia, Brazil. Having made a first senior appearance for Fortuna Köln in the 2014 - 2015 season, the talented Midfielder has scored 5 league goals in the First League 2020 - 2021 campaign to date in 24 appearances.