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The First League match at Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov on Saturday sees hosts Slavia Sofia playing against opponents Lokomotiv Sofia.
Our Slavia Sofia v Lokomotiv Sofia predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - as well as the best betting odds.
Slavia Sofia will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 3-1 First League defeat last time out to Botev.
In that game, Slavia Sofia had 48% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for Slavia Sofia was Ertan Tombak (82'). At the other end, Botev Plovdiv got 12 attempts on goal with 7 of them on target. Ivelin Popov (26') and Martin Sekulić (38', 40') scored for Botev.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Slavia Sofia have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that Slavia Sofia have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 6 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 16 goals during that time. That trend might not be sustained here, though.
Taking a look at their past results, Slavia Sofia:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Lokomotiv Sofia in their last 2 matches.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league matches.
Following on from a loss in their previous game against Etar Veliko Tarnovo in First League competition, Lokomotiv Sofia and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Lokomotiv Sofia managed 61% possession and 23 shots at goal with 9 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Lokomotiv Sofia was Simeon Mechev (7'). For their opponents, Etar Veliko Tarnovo had 12 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. Krum Stoyanov (23'), Kolyo Stanev (45') and Martin Nikolov (52') scored for Etar Veliko Tarnovo.
The trend of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Lokomotiv Sofia has become fairly consistent in recent matches. Looking at their last six outings shows that it’s happened 5 times. During these clashes, opposing sides have managed a goal aggregate of 13 while Lokomotiv Sofia have scored 3.
A look at their previous results shows us that Lokomotiv Sofia:
- have not won against Slavia Sofia in away games against them for the last 3 league games.
- are without a win away from home in their last 4 league matches.
Head to head
A review of their most recent head-to-head clashes stretching back to 27/09/2021 tells us that Slavia Sofia have won 3 of them and Lokomotiv Sofia 2, with the tally of drawn results standing at 1.
A sum of 12 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 8 of them from The White Avalanche and 4 created by The Railwaymen. That’s an average goals per game of 2.
The last league contest featuring these clubs was First League match day 6 on 06/06/2023 when the final score was Slavia Sofia 2-0 Lokomotiv Sofia.
In that match, Slavia Sofia had 61% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 7 on target. The goalscorers were Vladimir Nikolov (88') and Roberto Raychev (90').
For their opponents, Lokomotiv Sofia got 20 shots at goal with 7 on target.
The match was refereed by Stanislav Todorov.
Team News: Slavia Sofia
There is just the lone fitness concern for the Slavia Sofia boss José Bakero to be concerned with from of an almost fully healthy squad. Georgi Tartov (Torn Ligament) misses out.
Team News: Lokomotiv Sofia
Owing to an otherwise full-strength group of players, there is only the sole fitness worry for the Lokomotiv Sofia gaffer Stoycho Stoev to be concerned about. Ivaylo Naydenov (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
For this match, we think that Lokomotiv Sofia will surely be able to find the net against this Slavia Sofia side, but it may not quite be as many as they’ll concede.
We think that it’s going to be a close game with a 2-1 winning score for Slavia Sofia after the 90. There shouldn’t be much in it, either way.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Aleksandar Shalamanov (25,556)
Captain: Georgi Petkov
Chairman: Ventseslav Stefanov
Manager: José Bakero
Competitions: First League position 14
⭐ Key Player: Galin Ivanov
Mostly taking to the field in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Galin Ivanov was born in Kazanlak, Bulgaria. After having played his first senior match for Beroe Stara Zagora in the 2006 - 2007 season, the accomplished Midfielder has managed 2 league goals in this First League 2023 - 2024 campaign so far coming from a total of 7 appearances.