Champions League

Crvena Zvezda v Ludogorets – CL Qualifications

Crvena Zvezda v Ludogorets

The teams are preparing for 2nd leg of CL qualifications, after a draw in Bulgaria (2:2).

Crvena Zvezda can be satisfied with the draw in 1st leg, where they managed to score 2 away goals. Ludogorets showed much more than their opponents in the opening 45 minutes and got the well deserved lead (1:0) right before going into second half. Serbians however did improve a lot in the second half, and equalized just after 3 minutes after stepping on to the pitch. Later they even took the lead after a goal from Kanga. In those minutes, Ludogorets looked really vulnerable as they tried to turn the score around and it backfired after their defence line failed. Despite having more scoring opportunities than the guests, Ludogorets did not manage to win the match and now have to give their all in Serbia.

Crvena Zvezda seems to be improving with each game, and are coming into this match after a win in domestic league against Metalac (3:1). With no new injuries and suspensions, they seem to be ready for an important match ahead.

Ludogorets can hardly be happy with the result in the first leg, with 2 conceded goals they have nothing else to do, but attack and maybe score 2 of their own goals. As mentioned before, Ludogorets dominated 1st half at home stadium, but failed to create any promising opportunities. The second half just went downhill for them, but they still managed to score an equalising goal in 76′ for the final 2:2. Despite no new injuries or suspensions for the Bulgarian team, we can expect some rotation in their squad, as the coach is not satisfied with the performance of his team and needs to tweak the strategy to have a chance today.

Serbian squad might play a bit more defensive in this match, but are a favourite in my eyes nevertheless. Bulgarian side has shown, their defence suffers, when faced with counter attacks which we might see plenty today as they will be (or will at least try) to attack as much as possible. This is one of the main factors that will help the Serbian squad today.

Prediction 1 : Crvena Zvezda +0.00 AH
Odds : 1.85 SBOBET

Prediction 2 : Over 2.5
Odds : 1.84 Pinnacle

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