CSKA Sofia vs Zorya
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
CSKA Sofia did a better job than Osijek last week in the penalty shootout, and qualified for the third round. They lost 1-0, they had beaten the Croats by the same score in Bulgaria a week earlier, nothing changed in extra-time, so the tie went to penalties. That goal they conceded was the first in four matches this summer in the EL qualifiers. In the first round, they had kept a clean sheet in both legs against OFK Titograd. On Sunday they hosted Botev Vratsa, and Evandro’s goal in the 71st minute proved enough to earn them all three points (1-0). They are now on seven, from four matches in Bulgaria’s championship. As for Evandro, he had scored twice the previous weekend in their 1-2 win over city rivals Slavia, and just before that, he had been their scorer in that 1-0 win at home over Osijek.
Zorya’s qualification over Buducnost was way less… dramatic; they won 1-3 in Montenegro in the first leg, so all they had to do last week at home was to… keep things under control, avoid shooting their own foot. They won again, 1-0. The ones who acted… “not cleverly” were actually Buducnost. Right after Zorya’s goal in the 32nd minute, not just one, but two players of the visitors got sent off. Zorya didn’t look eager to… destroy their guests in the second half, and despite the fact that they were playing against nine men, the score didn’t change. On Sunday they got surprised by Dnipro-1, newcomers in Ukraine’s top division. All Zorya managed was a 1-1 draw, poor result.
Previous five matches:
CSKA Sofia vs Botev Vratsa 1-0
Osijek vs CSKA Sofia 1-0
Slavia Sofia vs CSKA Sofia 1-2
CSKA Sofia vs Osijek 1-0
CSKA Sofia vs Cherno More 1-3
Zorya vs Dnipro-1 1-1
Zorya vs Buducnost 1-0
Vorskla vs Zorya 0-1
Buducnost vs Zorya 1-3
Zorya vs Mariupol 3-1
CSKA’s next game is at Ludogorets, on Sunday (Bulgaria championship). Same day, Zorya will be visiting Kolos Kovalinka (Ukraine championship).
CSKA Sofia vs Zorya: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
CSKA Sofia vs Zorya: Prediction
CSKA are considered favorites to win, but I wouldn’t bet on that. I prefer to focus on goals.
CSKA Sofia vs Zorya: Betting Tips
“Under 1.5” is at 2.70. “Under 2.5 goals” is not paying more than 1.60, but goes up to 2.12 if combined with CSKA’s double chance. Generally I expect a very tight game.