CSKA Sofia vs Levski Sofia
7 rounds till the end of Bulgarian championship and another derby between the city rivals CSKA and Levski Sofia.
It will be played at the national stadium Vasil Levski and I have some good reasons to bet on CSKA here. First of all, this is their third match in the last month, because they faced in the championship once, when CSKA won it 1:0 at home in heavy rainy weather, not suitable for quality performance by both teams. Last week they faced again in the 1st leg of Bulgarian cup at Vasil Levski stadium and Levski won it 2:0, but CSKA were with some changes and one of their biggest missings was their main striker Fernando Karanga. If I have to be honest Levski deserved the win in the 1st leg and now they have really good chances to reach the final in the Bulgarian cup, because this is their best chance to reach EL. They will meat again next week in the 2nd leg of the cup, so we will watch Levski-CSKA every week till the end of April, which is amazing, biggest derby of Bulgarian football!
Now about the situation in both clubs- CSKA are 2nd in the table, 6 points behind the reigning champion Ludogorets. It will be really hard to catch them after they lost in Razgrad 3:2, but Stamen Belchev, CSKA coach won't give up so easy and his team. Ludogorets have hard home match today against Beroe, which team is in amazing form and it's not excluded if CSKA won the derby to shorten the distance between them. Levski are 4th in the table, trying to catch Beroe, which team is 3rd in the table. One month ago it looks like a fairytale to think Levski will miss the 3rd place having a big advantage of Beroe, but Levski lost 4 matches in a row in the championship against CSKA, Botev, Beroe and Ludogorets, while Beroe won 3 matches in a row and now Levski have a mountain to climb to reach the 3rd place, which gives EL participation for the next season. Match of high importance for both clubs, no doubt about it.
Here are the reasons for my bet. Levski are with four losses in a row in the main league, which happens for third time in their long history, but they've never lost five consecutive times. CSKA know that perfectly well and they will want to make this antirecord in Levski's club history for sure. Also Fernando Karanga is back in the team, their main star and he said he wants to win at least one trophy with CSKA, so I expect to see totally different performance by their team in comparison with last week in the cup. It is also important to mention that Levski main GK- Bojidar Mitrev will be with such a low confidence after their team lost to Ludogorets after a goal directly from a corner. He was totally ashamed by himself after he saved a penalty in this match and also made some good saves. Stamen Belchev knows how to beat the other ruling teams in Bulgaria (Levski and Ludogorets) and this will be his 4th match against Levski led by Delio Rossi. They have one draw 2:2, one win for CSKA 1:0 and one win for Levski in the cup 2:0.
Levski are without problems in their team with injuries and suspended players, while CSKA will miss DF Alex Dulgerov(suspended), Kitanov(GK), Despodov(FW) and Ukra(MF). None of these players is of high importance now for CSKA, because they have good replacements to all of them. Blanco and Edwin Gyasi are doubtful.
To sum up, Levski will try at least not to lose today to avoid such a negative antirecord for the club with five consecutive losses in the league. Their GK and team's confidence is not the best one, although they beat CSKA in the cup. I don't think Belchev will make the same mistake again and his players to look totally unmotivated and confused on the pitch like a week ago. I expect Karanga to lead the team today and to see the other aggressive side of CSKA. 1:0 or 3:0 from me as a prediction!
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CSKA Sofia vs Levski Sofia prediction
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