CSKA Sofia vs Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo (By: Isaiah)
CSKA Sofia improved significantly in the previous season and came as close as possible to win the title finishing with just a point less than Ludogorets.
They were second for the most of the season and didn't deserve that title - still, everyone thinks that the new season could be that one.
The side had quite extensive preparation period, having five matches so far and finishing it in style with a victory over Salzburg.
Other than that, they had losses against Ferncvaros and Shakhtar Donetsk (each 1:0), while the side easily won over Lokomotiv Gorna and Pribram from the Czech Republic, both 3:0.
They have reinforced the team with quite a few players, including goalkeeper Busatto from Ituano, central back Tomas from Belenenses, strikers Davydov from Nizhny Novgorod, Watt from St Johnstone, midfielder Carey from Plymouth and offensive Fabbrini from Botosani. Defender Bodurov is injured for this one.
Etar ended up in the relegation group last season, however, finished first in their group and later on won over Lokomotiv Plovid and Slavia Sofia, but Levski was too much for them and the team didn't manage to earn the Europa League exit.
It was a fine result as they otherwise ended as the seventh team in Parva Liga at the end of the regular part of the season which had 26 rounds. Away from home, they have earned just modest fourteen points comparing to twenty-six home points.
In the last preparation game, they have won 2:0 over Litex Lovech, a side that is competing in the second tier of Bulgarian football.
Etar didn't change the team much for now, opting for domestic players such as right back Dyulgerov from Septemvri Sofia and defensive midfielder Apostolov from Botev Vratsa. On the other side, offensive Batrovic left them for Radnicki Nis, while midfielder Sarmov has gone to Chemnitzer.
CSKA Sofia looked already really well against Titograd last Tuesday and since they practically already progressed in the second round, I expect their best starting lineup here and more of the same again.
The team is looking better season after season and this one should be even more competitive in the title battle. An obstacle in the first round and in front of own fans is very unlikely this time. Odds are rising a bit since the hosts might rotate a bit, but I don't expect it to be the case, since they already have four goals lead over Titograd.
CSKA Sofia vs Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo predictions
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CSKA Sofia vs Etar 1924 Veliko Tarnovo betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Isaiah).