Slavia Sofia vs Levski Sofia by GlacialSpirit

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The fourth round of the Bulgarian First League features the Oldest Capitol Derby between Slavia Sofia and Levski Sofia. The game will be hosted on the National “Vassil Levski” Stadium instead of “Slavia” as the secpnd one didn’t get a license for this season.

 

Aleksandr Tarkhanov’s boys were last season’s pleasant surprise qualifying for the Europa League. This year started in the worst possible manner. Slavia found itself sitting in the last place with 3 straight losses. “The Whites” lost to Botev Plovdiv last round with a 3-2 score after getting 2 red cards. The first one was for Dimitar Burov who earned his two yellow cards in the space of 2 minutes. The second one came after goalkeeper Mario Kirev threw angrily a ball against a kid and hit him. This may prove to be a boost for Slavia as Georgi Petkov will take the place of Kirev. Petkov is a former international and Levski Sofia player with plenty of experience and I believe he was the main reason Slavia played so well defensively last year. Aleksandr Tarkhanov cannot use both players thet faced the red card last game but he will be able to use defender Abud Omar after his suspension ended last round. Slavia are expected to play defensively relying on the pace of winger Serderov and Ivaylo Dimitrov to provide scoring chances.

 

Levski’s season so far is full of ups and downs. They were knocked out by Maribor only with away goal despite being underdogs. After that Levski failed to impress and finished goalless draw against Montana and 2-2 against Lokomotiv Plovdiv. Last game they hosted champions Ludogorets and managed to get the 3 points after youngster Bozhidar Kraev got into the scoresheet with a stoppage time tap in goal. With Kraev’s return and Francis Narh playing on the other wing Lyupko Petrovic’s team looks far more dangerous. Still the main strength comes from the tireless centrall midfielders Georgi Kostadinov and Jeremy. Levski’s main weakness was creating and converting chances as strikers Ventsislav Hristov and Adeniji are both out of form. With the support of Narh and Kraev on the wings and Aniete back to his favoured playmaking role I believe the strikers will be provided with lots of opportunities to score.

 

Such games can go either way. A few season back Slavia Sofia took the title from Levski in the last round and literary gave it to Ludogorets managing to get a point in the derby. Still in terms of form and quality Levski has the upper hand. Last four games all featured less than 2.5 goals. Interesting fact is that last game Levski lost to Slavia at home but won away a few matches ago. My pick for this game is Levski DNB.

 

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Pick Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Levski DNB Bet365 1.50 7 0-4 WON (+3.5 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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