The First League clash at Stadion Ogosta on Friday sees hosts Montana lock horns with Slavia Sofia.
All Montana v Slavia Sofia game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - as well as the best betting odds.
Montana will be hoping to bounce back here after the 1-0 First League loss in their previous game against Botev Vratsa.
In that match, Montana had 49% possession and 7 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Botev Vratsa had 9 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Daniel Genov (60') was the scorer for Botev Vratsa.
It has been all too rare in recent games where Montana have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. In fact, Montana have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, shipping 10 goals during that time.
Pre-game facts show that Montana:
- have not emerged victorious against Slavia Sofia in their previous 2 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 home league matches.
Slavia Sofia will go into the clash following a 0-3 First League win versus Etar Veliko Tarnovo in their most recent game.
In that match, Slavia Sofia managed 44% possession and 10 shots on goal with 5 on target. For Slavia Sofia, the scorers were Radoslav Kirilov (54', 69') and Peter Makrillos (81'). For their opponents, Etar Veliko Tarnovo got 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
In 5 of the previous six clashes involving Slavia Sofia, a comparatively low number of goals have been scored between them and opposing teams. The overall average goals scored per game in that spell is a meagre 2, with the number of goals averaged by The White Avalanche being 1.33. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend will be continued on here.
Heading into this contest, Slavia Sofia have not been beaten in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head meetings dating back to 10/12/2016 tells us that Montana have won 1 of them and Slavia Sofia 4, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
In all, 18 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 7 from Montana and 11 being from The White Avalanche. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.
The previous league contest featuring the two was First League match day 1 on 03/05/2021 when it ended Slavia Sofia 1-1 Montana.
In that game, Slavia Sofia had 56% possession and 5 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The goalscorers were Andrea Hristov (10' Own goal) and Georgi Valchev (45').
Montana got 6 shots at goal with 4 on target.
The referee was Stanislav Todorov.
Team News: Montana
Montana manager Atanas Atanasov doesn’t have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this match with a fully injury-free group to choose from.
Team News: Slavia Sofia
Thanks to a fully healthy squad to pick from, Slavia Sofia manager Aleksandr Tarkhanov does not have any fitness worries at all before this match.
Our thinking is that Montana are dangerous enough to find the back of the net against this Slavia Sofia team, however a single goal is unlikely to be as many as they’ll concede.
Our tip is for both teams to score in a 1-2 advantage for Slavia Sofia at full-time. Should be an interesting one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Ogosta (6,000)
Captain: Ivan Mihov
Chairman: Rumen Panayotov
Manager: Atanas Atanasov
Competitions: First League position 13
🔑 Key Player: Vladimir Aytov
Normally taking to the field in the Centre Midfield position, Vladimir Aytov was born in Bulgaria. Having made a first senior appearance for Botev in the 2014 - 2015 season, the dangerous Midfielder has scored a sum of 3 league goals in this First League 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 20 appearances.