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THE MATCH PREDICTION CSKA Sofia - Zorya Lugansk 08.08 19:30

Asian handicap - Home (0)
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On Thursday night many pairs of teams will enter on the ground to play the first leg of the semifinal stage in the Europa League. In one of them CSKA Sofia hosts Zorya Lugansk. Will the home side build a comfortable advantage before the rematch?

CSKA Sofia

This European season CSKA Sofia met two clubs from the former Yugoslavia. Firstly, the defending Bulgarian runners-up has eliminated Titograd from Montenegro. The Reds have crushed the Montenegrins 4:0. Then they got a small advantage before the break and increased the gap in the second half. The second leg ended with a goalless draw.

The Army Men began the quarterfinal round with a narrow 1:0 victory over Osijek. Their forward Evandro has scored a unique goal just after the break. The Croats took revenge with the same score in the rematch. Then the Bulgarians were more successful in the penalty shootouts.

The hosts played four matches in the local championship (W2, D1, L1, 6:6)

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Zorya Lugansk

Zorya Lugansk began its continental campaign from the quarterfinal round. The Ukrainian side beat the Montenegrin Buducnost twice, 3:1 at away and 1:0 at home. Artem Hromov has scored three goals out of four. Last season the Men were fourth after the regular part and fifth after the Championship round.

They earned 43 points after 32 rounds with following statistics: 11 wins, ten draws and 11 losses, 39 goals for and 34 goals against.

This year Viktor Skrypnyk’s footballers beat Vorskla Poltava at away and have played with a draw against the newcomer Dnipro1. They are fifth in the league of 12 clubs.

Prediction

The bookmakers did not define the favorite of this game. The Bulgarians have more powerful roster and the home advantage. The Ukrainians sides (except Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kyiv) demonstrate a modest performance in European cups. We expect the hosts will not lose tonight as a minimum. We predict CSKA Sofia’s win with an Asian handicap of 0

The odds are valid at the moment of the prediction publication.

«CSKA Sofia»

DRAWS: 2 WINS: 2 LOSSES: 1

1 : 0
1 : 2
1 : 3
0 : 0
2 : 2

«Zorya Lugansk»

DRAWS: 1 WINS: 3 LOSSES: 1

3 : 1
1 : 1
1 : 3
2 : 1
0 : 1