Riga FC vs CSKA Sofia
Riga face CSKA Sofia in the 2nd leg of their EL tie at Skonto stadium in Riga.
CSKA won the first match 1:0 after 30-meters cracker by Tiago Rodrigues in the start of the 2nd half, but it was obvious Riga are not harmless team at all. They can cause big problems to CSKA, if Bulgarians still think they are favourites to progress. It's still absolutely equal tie for me, although CSKA have 1:0 advantage, because Riga missed two great chances to score in the 1st half in Sofia. Riga played aggresively football and I doubt something will chance in the 2nd leg today.
Riga are in competititve form, that's their main advantage and are also 1:0 behind, that's the main reasons to think they will not lose today against CSKA. The Bulgarian team finished 2nd in the table during the last season, but as I told last week in my previous preview of the match in Sofia, CSKA are without their best player Karanga, who was sold in China. Kiril Despodov is in good health, so he will be available today in comparison with the last week and is expected to lead the attack, although he is used more on the flangs, not as a striker. CSKA have also a new manager Nestor El Maestro, so I don't expect miracles by him till the beginning of his career as a coach in CSKA Sofia. He will do what is enough his team to progress, that's the most important, but it will not be easy, even he confirmed it after the 1st leg that everything is still open in this tie.
I expect defensive play by both teams and this match to finish under 2.5 goals for sure. Riga will not hurry too much and attack from the 1st minute, because one mistake in defense and a goal for CSKA will mean elimination. CSKA will also look for chances on counters and with shots from distance. It's obvious I want CSKA to progress to the next round as a club from Bulgaria, but I don't expect second win for the team in this tie. I will be really glad if it finishes 0:0 or 1:1 and CSKA avoid extra time, because 1:0 for Riga is absolutely not excluded result for me. CSKA were not the best visitors in Europe during the last seasons, so hope the luck will be on our side after Levski(CSKA main enemy) were eliminated two days ago by Vaduz.
Riga FC vs CSKA Sofia prediction
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