Ludogorets vs PSG by Lucien
Ludogorets is number one favorite to get the title in the Bulgarian Parva Liga competition this season and after couple of setbacks probably influenced with busy schedule at the start of the season, the team is slowly showing it, coming from third consecutive victory in the domestic league last Friday evening when they won on the road 5:1 against Vereya.
It was pretty much one way street from the first minute, with the visitors taking the double lead in the first halftime thanks to goals from Vura and Cafu, while Wanderson, Cafu again and Marcelinho have added three more in the second halftime, with the home team only being able to reduce the deficit neat the end of the match thanks to a goal from Elias from the penalty spot. With a game less played, Ludogorets is now at third position with four points less than leaders from Levski. The team managed to get a surprising 1:1 draw on the road against Basel in the first round of Champions League and proved that they are not complete outsiders, especially when talking about the race for the third position in the group.
Ludogorets is set to play in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation, most likely with Cafu as their central striker, but also with Wanderson, Misidjan and Marcelinho as offensive midfielders. They will probably stick with the same team that got a point in a away draw against Ludogorets, while the team has no serious injury worries ahead of this game. Portuguese defender Vitinha (4/0) should be ruled out with a knee injury.
PSG, on the other side, shows that the team might have a bit more difficult battle for the title in Ligue 1 this season, as the team doesn't look that much superior in comparison to other sides as they looked in previous few years. Still, the season is long and everything except them winning the title would surely be a big surprise for everyone in France.
As for the previous round, they lost to Toulouse away from home 2:0, being much more dominant with the ball to their feet, but without creating really great goal scoring chances. However, in 46th minute everything got changed since they right full back Aurier got excluded and the hosts took the lead moments later from a penalty kick taken by Bodiger, while they doubled up the lead in 79th minute via Durmaz, when the Parisians tried badly to respond with the equalizer. They are now at fourth position, four points below leaders from Nice. As for the Champions Legue, the team comes from a 1:1 home draw against Arsenal and everything remains the same in the group with all teams having a point, however still with the French side as big favorites ahead of next five matches.
Team from Paris should be playing in 4-3-3 formation, with Moura and Maria on the wings, plus Cavani as their number nine. Offensive midfielder/forward Hatem Ben Arfa (4/0) is set to miss this game due yet another injury, while the visitors also can't count at forward Jese (3/0). Right back Serge Aurier's performance is in doubt here, after he got sentences on Monday for elbowing a policeman. Thomas Meunier would probably step in, in case of his absence. Marco Verratti was sent of in a game against Arsenal, but has had his red card overturned since then and is free to play here. He missed previous couple of matches with a calf injury so surely won't play for full ninety minutes.
Parisians remain favorites here, but I wouldn't be so sure about their victory. They already showed vulnerability in previous matches, while Ludogorets stands out (at least in my eyes), as a team which is far away from a naive one. They do have certain experience in all areas and are looking really decent with the ball to their feet. I'm sure they will be able to make more than couple of dangerous situation in front of the visiting goal.