Ludogorets vs The New Saints
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 8 August 2019
Kick-off: 19:30 CET
Ludogorets played like… Ludogorets last week, destroying Valur 4-0 at home, booking their ticket to the third qualifying round. They had drawn 1-1 in Iceland a week earlier, that was a tricky result, but they imposed their own rules on the pitch from early on in the return leg, and ended up pleasing their fans. Things didn’t go equally well last weekend, when they drew 1-1 at Lokomotiv Plovdiv. They dropped their first points in Bulgaria’s championship, after winning their first three games. After their 4-0 over Valur last week, Stoycho Stoev, their coach, said that his team should have scored even more. Truth is, their last two goals came in the dying minutes of the match, after a series of glorious missed chances.
The New Saints couldn’t deal with Copenhagen the last two weeks, they lost both games, 0-2 at home and 1-0 in Denmark, but someone could say they looked… decent, avoiding embarrassing themselves. Either way, they were underdogs, they were facing a much stronger team with a much bigger budget. A goal scored would have left them with even better… memories, but all in all, their fans had nothing to blame the team about. Scott Ruscoe, their coach, changed his scheme last week, in the return leg, things looked good in the first half (0-0), but mostly defensively. TNS needed at least two goals in Copenhagen, and they didn’t even go close to that. No game for them last weekend, as the championship in Wales hasn’t started yet.
Previous five matches:
Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Ludogorets 1-1
Ludogorets vs Valur 4-0
Ludogorets vs Vitosha Bistritsa 2-0
Valur vs Ludogorets 1-1
Beroe vs Ludogorets 2-4
Copenhagen vs The New Saints 1-0
The New Saints vs Copenhagen 0-2
Feronikeli vs The New Saints 0-1
The New Saints vs Feronikeli 2-2
Connah’s Quay vs The New Saints 0-3
Ludogorets’ next game is on Sunday, again at home, versus CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria championship). The New Saints have a Wales League Cup match scheduled for the coming weekend.
Ludogorets vs The New Saints: Head to head Stats
No history between these two.
Ludogorets vs The New Saints: Prediction
Any other result but a Ludogorets win would be a massive surprise.
Ludogorets vs The New Saints: Betting Tips
“Ludogorets and under 3.5 goals” is at 1.91. I do expect the hosts to win comfortably and pretty much secure qualification, but I don’t see them repeat last week’s 4-0.