Strasbourg hosts Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the second leg of the Europa League qualification semifinals. The match will be played on Thursday, August 15th at Stade de la Meinau (Strasbourg)
Strasbourg managed to gain a minimum 0-1 victory in Bulgaria. The chance of a general victory is more than serious. However, it should be noted that the Bulgarians played in the minority from the 10th minute of the match. And they conceded in the 11th minute. That is, the rivals rolled the ball along the field for almost the entire match. They delivered only 6 shots on target for two. For obvious reasons, Lokomotiv could not bring much trouble to the French. Strasbourg has done its job. It scored a goal and just led the match to victory.
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Now Lokomotiv needs to score at least once and not to concede so that to lead a match at least to extra time. The task for the current state of the Smurfs is very difficult. In the last 4 matches, the team won only once in the recent game of the local championship, playing with the newcomer to the league, Arda.
It is clear that Lokomotiv will at least try to attack so that to win back. But the more experienced and much more skilled French will nip these attempts in the bud. Most likely, they will cool the ardor of the visitors with a goal scored. Perhaps, they will consolidate the advantage. Then, as in the first match, they will bring the match to victory. 3 days after this game, Strasbourg will play an away match against Rennes. And it also needs to set a positive rhythm in the local championship. In the 1st round, Strasbourg only tied at home against Metz. It will be very important for the team not to lose in Reims. So, from a strategic point of view, Strasbourg shouldn’t waste forces in the game against Lokomotiv. And the French team will do it without unnecessary effects, going to the next round. Therefore, we will probably see a non-scoring game where the hosts will not lose.
Prediction for the match: Strasbourg to win with +0.5 handicap and Under 3.5 goals scored