Pirin Blagoevgrad vs Levski Sofia
It’s the opening round of the second half of the Bulgarian First League. Hristo Botev stadium in Blagoevgrad will host the game between local team Pirin and Levski Sofia.
The hosts are sitting on 11th place with their 19 points won so far. Their new head coach Milen Radukanov will be eager to continue their battle for survival in the league. He added a few new faces to the team including goalkeeper Blagoy Makendzhiev from Beroe and veteran striker Ivan Cvetkov as a playing assistant manager. The main outgoing transfer was that of midfielder Ventsislav Bengyuzov to Vereya Stara Zagora Pirin finished their pre-season camp in Turkey with 2 wins and 3 losses.
Levski made some changes in their team during the break. Midfielder Galin Ivanov left the club along with Desa whose contract got terminated due to disciplinary issues, striker Ilian Micanski and winger Miki Orachev. The new faces in the team are David Jablonsky a centre back who arrived from Tom for free, Striker Soukouna from Vereya Stara Zagora and winger Anton Ognyanov from Dunav Ruse. But the bigger scale changes were in the ruling staff. Daniel Borimirov a team’s legend is now the second shareholder in the team. Also Levski had their stadium name changed. The full name of the stadium will have the main sponsors name in it along with the former name of the stadium – “Vivacom Arena Georgi Asparuhov”.
Statistically Levski has the upper hand. They kept a clean sheet last 3 games which proves that having a former defender as a coach to have an impact. One problem for the team will be the absence of centre back Aleksander Aleksandrov due injury. His place in the back 3 will probably be taken by veteran fullback Veselin Minev. Apart from that Levski looks inform letting very few goals against them. They have lost just 2 games in their last 19 in all competitions. This along with the fact that 7 out of the last 8 games on this stadium between the teams finished with less than 2.5 goals is making under 2.5 goals option viable. Also Pirin coach Milen Radukanov will try hard to avoid defeat in his first game in charge of the club and will probably look to limit Levski Chances. My pick here is under 2.5 goals for 1.8 in bet365.
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