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The First League match at Lokomotiv Stadium on Friday will see home side Lokomotiv Sofia welcome Pirin.
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Lokomotiv Sofia head into this fixture following on from a 1-1 First League drawn result against Arda Kardzhali.
In that game, Lokomotiv Sofia managed 46% possession and 1 attempts on goal with 1 on target. For Lokomotiv Sofia, the goals were scored by Giorgos Katsikas (52' Own goal) and Octávio (80'). For their opponents, Arda Kardzhali got 10 attempts at goal with 5 on target.
It’s been a rare occasion in recent games that Lokomotiv Sofia haven’t conceded. It will be a concern for them that Lokomotiv Sofia have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 10 goals during that time. We will just have to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Ludogorets Razgrad in First League competition, Pirin will be hoping to turn things around here.
In that game, Pirin had 30% possession and 5 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Pirin was Brahimi (3'). On the other side, Ludogorets Razgrad got 9 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Josué Sá (15'), Alex Santana (56') and Pieros Sotiriou (66') scored for Ludogorets Razgrad.
Showing their penchant for action-packed encounters, we’ve had goals 21 times in the last six matches in which Pirin have taken to the field, making it a mean average of 3.5 goals per meeting. Their opponents have hit 12 of those goals.
Going into this one, Pirin have not beaten Lokomotiv Sofia when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 17/08/2008 shows us that Lokomotiv Sofia have won 4 of these & Pirin 1, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined total of 13 goals were produced between them in this period, with 10 of them from The Railwaymen and 3 created by Orletata. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.17.
The last league contest between the two was First League match day 21 on 11/04/2011 which ended up with the score at Lokomotiv Sofia 2-0 Pirin.
The referee was Koljo Danev.
Team News: Lokomotiv Sofia
The Lokomotiv Sofia manager has a full complement, with no fitness concerns whatsoever ahead of this match thanks to a fully healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Pirin
Owing to a completely healthy group available for selection, the Pirin manager Milen Radukanov has no fitness concerns to report ahead of this game. Stanislav Manolev will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We believe that Pirin are capable enough to score a goal against this Lokomotiv Sofia side, but it probably won’t be as many as they’ll concede.
Our selection here is for a narrow 2-1 victory for Lokomotiv Sofia by the conclusion of the game. There looks to be little in this one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Lokomotiv Stadium (22,000)
Chairman: Nikolay Gigov
Competitions: First League position 11