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Crusaders vs Ludogorets Prediction & Betting tips
The Bulgarian side starts as a big favorite to win the match, despite the 7-0 win in the first leg played in their stadium. For this reason and knowing that there is a notable difference of hierarchy between one campus and another, we believe that the visit again will impose its football and its verticality from the initial stage. Faced with this reality, we played for a goal by the green square in the first half, because the Northern Ireland are really weak in many aspects of the game (defense, attack, air play, tactical stop). Therefore, the goal may fall due to some error in the mark or exit, being possible that Lugodorets dominates the procedure from the initial minute.
The performance of the Northern Ireland was really bad since the match began until the final minute. Receiving 7 goals is something worrisome and much more when they could be many more. The team generated almost nothing in his visit to Bulgaria, being totally subjected from the tactical and technical. Therefore, it should not surprise us that he has yielded 2 goals in the first 45 ‘minutes of the game and 5 in the complementary stage. Also remember that neither had the ball to get only 38% of possession. As an added data we tell you that he gave 9 corners in total and received 19 shots from the opponent. His goal is to improve these figures by acting as a local and not receive a goal in the first 20 ‘minutes of play.
If we try to visualize what Crusaders will do in this game, we believe that he will first seek not to receive another thumping of scandal. His goal will be to be more solid in defense and not make so many mistakes in the brand. Of course, the main problem of the Northern Ireland lies in the low level of their players in the international context. The vast majority are from the country itself, there being no quality foreigners that give an extra bonus in this class of European competitions. It is enough to know that the only foreigner in the workforce is an Irishman to corroborate this claim. In the end it is expected that the 4-4-2 imposed by the Baxter technician will work and allow the team to be more competitive and less naive in its actions.
The Bulgarians are already known in the European football scene, having played the group stage of the Champions League and the Europa League. They are known for having many Brazilian players, who brutally regain their offensive level. The equipment itself is vertical, standing out by always going forward in any field. And much more when acting as a local. For this reason, the 7 goals converted to the Northern Irish team do not attract attention. Having already defined the tie, it is feasible that those led by Professor Autuori handle the times and do not try too hard. However, the difference in hierarchy between one squad and another is so wide that goal chances will end up falling from the first minutes of the initial stage.
For this duel it is not ruled out that the Brazilian Ludogorets coach makes variants in his starting lineup, trying to preserve them for what is coming in the season. Remember that these days all teams are somewhat “hard” for the work of preseason, being vital not to force the muscles too much to avoid impertinent injuries. Of course, despite the changes to be made, it is most likely that the 4-3-3 system will be maintained once again. If we refer to the main figures of the Bulgarians, we find the laterals Cicinho and Natanael, the fliers Campanharo and Marcelinho, as well as the forwards Wanderson, Vura and Keseru (Brazilian, Dutch and Romanian respectively). As revulsive we find Sasha, Lukoki and Swierczok.
The match that they played last Wednesday was the first one played by Norirlandeses and Bulgarians in an official way.
Crusaders vs Ludogorets head to head matches
11.07.18 CL Ludogorets Crusaders 7 : 0