CSKA 1948 V PIRIN
CSKA 1948 enter this game coming off the back of a 2-2 First League draw versus Lokomotiv Sofia.
In that match, CSKA 1948 managed 44% possession and 13 shots on goal with 6 on target. For CSKA 1948, goals were scored by Georgi Rusev (19') and Ivaylo Chochev (59'). Lokomotiv Sofia got 8 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Octávio (15') and Aleksandar Aleksandrov (45') scored for Lokomotiv Sofia.
Over their prior 6 games, Nikolay Kirov's CSKA 1948 have hit the target 8 times giving them an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.33.
Since being defeated in their last game at the hands of Lokomotiv Plovdiv in First League competition, Pirin and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Pirin had 42% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. For Pirin, the scorers were Stanislav Kostov (29') and Stanislav Manolev (92'). At the other end, Lokomotiv Plovdiv got 7 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Georgi Minchev (58', 63', 89') scored for Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
The stats don’t lie, and Pirin have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, conceding 11 goals overall. At the back, Pirin have not been doing too well. Such a pattern won’t necessarily be sustained into this game, however.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
LUDOGORETS V ARDA
Ludogorets Razgrad will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 2-0 First League success against CSKA Sofia.
In that game, Ludogorets Razgrad managed 59% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 3 on target. For Ludogorets Razgrad, goals were scored by Pieros Sotiriou (79') and Mavis Tchibota (91'). CSKA Sofia got 7 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
An interesting feature of recent Ludogorets Razgrad games is the number of results with a nil in them.
From their previous 6 clashes leading up to this one, in 5 of them a wager on "Both Teams to Score" would have lost. That pattern might not follow through here, of course.
Last time out, Arda Kardzhali drew 0-0 in the First League match with Levski Sofia.
In that match, Arda Kardzhali had 52% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. At the other end, Levski Sofia got 5 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target.
During their 6 latest matches, Slavko Matić's Arda Kardzhali have slotted home a total of 8 times therefore giving them the goals per game average of 1.33.
Prediction: Both teams to score
CSKA SOFIA V LOKOMOTIV SOFIA
CSKA Sofia will be wanting a better result here following a 2-0 First League loss in their previous game against Ludogorets Razgrad.
In that game, CSKA Sofia managed 41% possession and 7 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. For their opponents, Ludogorets Razgrad had 6 shots on goal with 3 of them on target. Pieros Sotiriou (79') and Mavis Tchibota (91') scored for Ludogorets Razgrad.
CSKA Sofia have been quite ineffective in attack in more recent games. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 4 vs opposition teams during the course of their previous six matches. In those games, CSKA Sofia have also seen the tally of goals that have gone against them total 10.
In their last fixture, Lokomotiv Sofia drew 2-2 in the First League match with CSKA 1948.
In that match, Lokomotiv Sofia managed 56% possession and 8 attempts on goal with 4 on target. For Lokomotiv Sofia, the goalscorers were Octávio (15') and Aleksandar Aleksandrov (45'). CSKA 1948 had 13 shots at goal with 6 on target. Georgi Rusev (19') and Ivaylo Chochev (59') scored for CSKA 1948.
The numbers tell their own story, and Lokomotiv Sofia have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 11 goals in total. Defensively, Lokomotiv Sofia have some weaknesses to address. That pattern won’t necessarily be sustained into this next game, though.
Coming into this clash, Lokomotiv Sofia haven’t won away from home in the past 8 league matches. Who knows how long it might last, too.
Prediction: Both teams to score
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