Lokomotiv Plovdiv vs Ludogorets by GlacialSpirit

Lokomotiv-Plovdiv
VS
Ludogorets
Bulgarian First League 5th round features Lokomotiv Plovdiv taking on 5 time in a row champions Ludogorets Razgrad. Lokomotiv will be looking to use their home advantage and gain something out of this game.

 

Lokomotiv has a balanced squad with a lot of experience players featuring a few former internationals and one current in the face of wing back Plamen Krumov. Lokomtiv occupies so far 8th place in the league after losing last game to Cherno More. That game Lokomotiv never managed to get into the game. They looked shaky at the back and without confidence up front. Veteran target man Martin Kamburov who has been Bulgaria’s top scorer over and over again seem to have lost his touch and looks like he lacks some confidence at the moment. Head coach Ilian Iliev will have to improve the play of his team in several areas if Lokomotiv is to achieve anything worth noting in the league.

 

Ludogorets are flying high at the moment. They sit on 6th place with a game less than the other teams as they postponed their game against Beroe. Last game they played against Viktoria Plzen and lost 2-1 but it was more than enough to hand them a place in the group stage of the Champions League where they will face PSG, Arsenal and Basel. Last game in the Bulgarian First League they managed to get a 2-0 win over Montana with most of their subs playing keeping the starters fresh for Plzen. This time I expect Ludogorets to go for the points. The already qualified for the group stage of the Champions League and after the defeat to Levski 2 rounds ago they need to focus their attention to the league else they will fall further behind. I expect manager Georgi Dermendzhiev to take this game very seriously as another slip up is not advised.

 

So far Ludogorets has won most of their meeting with Lokomotiv Plovdiv. 12 out of 18 matches went Ludogorets’ way drawing 2 and losing the other 4. Lokomotiv are struggling at the moment while Ludogorets plays with confidence and I expect nothing but 3 points for the champions this round. My pick here is Ludogorets win.

 

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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Ludogorets win Bet365 1.66 7 2-2 LOST (-7 units)
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