Slavia Sofia vs Ilves
Slavia Sofia can be fully satisfied with the result from the first leg. They were set as equal to their opponents away from home in Helsinki, but the side managed to get narrow 1:0 victory and have made their situation much easier in front of the second game.
The game itself wasn't that uninteresting, as the game looked decently open with the guests having bit more of the ball possession overall. Players from Finland had some decent offensive phases in the second part, but couldn't convert. On the other side, Bulgarians waited for their chances and got the leading goal in 80th minute via Tsvetanov.
They already had one official game in the new season with the team losing Super Cup game against Ludogorets 1:0 two weeks ago now. They didn't change the squad much for now, bringing striker Velkovski from Lokomotiv Plovdiv and couple of more talented players for now.
Ilves tried to do something more in the first leg, knowing that the situation won't be easy at all when they play on the road. Despite some decent chances created, the team didn't manage to get a positive outcome suffering 1:0 narrow defeat in the end.
No doubt that they will need to open up and risk even more in the second leg if the team wants to continue playing in the Europa League. One of the positive things is that their season is in progress for now. The team most recently has lost to Rovaniemi 2:0 a week before they have played the game against Bulgarians.
The side is currently at seventh position at the table with six victories, six draws and six defeats - being already six points behind Europa League and third placed Honka. Meaning that their chances of re-entering European competition next season are slim. Central defender Baba Mensah is long term absentee.
I see Slavia winning this one again. Ilves should be only weaker on the road and having in mind that they need to risk more and attack, Bulgarians will have more than often space to create them a lot of problems in defense.
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Slavia Sofia vs Ilves prediction
Slavia Sofia Wins @ 1.66 with Bet365