Ludogorets take on the visitors AS Roma in the round 1 match of UEFA Europa League group stage. The match will be played on Thursday, September 8th at Huvepharma Arena (Razgrad).
Ludogorets failed to qualify for the main round of the Champions League again. The Orlite have long and unconditionally dominated Bulgarian football. And, of course, thanks to this, it was possible to play consistently in the Champions League qualification. But, as in most previous attempts, it again failed to cope with this test. The ambitious team dealt with Sutjeska and Shamrock Rovers as expected. But this was followed by a confrontation between Dinamo Zagreb, and Ludogorets lost with a bang. This prompted another promotion to the Europa League. That's where the Bulgarians were good enough to pass Zalgiris. True, having won minimally at home, the Eagles lost 2-3 in Vilnius, and only in stoppage time, in the 120th minute, did they manage to score the decisive goal.
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Roma must succeed this season. Jalorossi is one of the most popular clubs in Italy. But at the same time, it has not been possible for a very long time to stay at least in the quartet of the best, to play in the Europa League. Paulo Fonseca could not return there for 2 seasons. Yes, and his more status countryman, Jose Mourinho, also failed, however, having managed to win the debut draw of the Conference League. But now, with the "Special one", the team which has strengthened powerfully in the summer (Matic and Wijnaldum, Dybala and Belotti, all of whom moved to Rome almost for free), give a good start in Serie A. However, an experienced mentor is well aware that the “second front” may also come in handy, so the “wolves” will try to prove themselves in the Europa League as well. If only because a victory there also guarantees a rise in the Champions League.
The teams did not play among themselves - Ludogorets has been playing in European competitions not so long ago, and Roma still spent more time in the main round of the Champions League. Roma will be the favorite of the confrontation, but is unlikely to tear the veins in Bulgaria. Given the pragmatic style of Jose Mourinho, we recommend betting on "total under 3.0 goals".
Prediction for the match: Under 3.0 scored goals.