Bulgarian team Ludogorets will be hoping to right the wrongs from last week that resulted in a 2-1 loss to FC Astana in the first leg of the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round. The Bulgarians would have hoped for a much better result before the first leg, but a 2-1 loss isn’t the most difficult result to overturn.
That is even more likely when you are playing in front of your teeming fans who will be chanting and supporting their darling team all the way for the entire duration of the game. Ludogorets are the more illustrious side having featured in the Champions League a few times in the past, and they will call on that experience in their bid to overturn the first-leg result.
FC Astana also has Champions League experience but is less fancied by the bookies for this encounter. They did manage to win the first leg, but the second leg in front of hostile fans is another kettle of fish.
The Kazakh club will go into the game with the intention of protecting their slim lead, but having to play on the back foot for large spells of the game will be very difficult.
As a result of these factors put together, we are backing Ludogorets to win, as the outcome of our Ludogorets vs FC Astana prediction.
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Main tip: Ludogorets Win
Our Ludogorets vs FC Astana predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Ludogorets Win
When these two teams met in the reverse fixture a few days ago, it ended 2-1 in favor of FC Astana who was at home. Now, they go to Bulgaria with a slender one-goal advantage which is a slim advantage by all intents and purposes.
Ludogorets now playing the second leg in front of their home fans have it all to do. They have to get a win in this fixture to nurse any hope of advancing to the next round. And it is not just any win, they have to cancel the one-goal advantage held by Astana, and go on to score at least another one to be sure they have the Head-to-Head advantage.
They have a really good home form and they are odds-on favorites to win the game in regulation time. Therefore our Ludogorets vs FC Astana prediction will be to back Ludogorets to win this match in normal time and that is a valuable bet on Bet365.
Odds for this bet
Bet365 offers the best odds for the bet “Ludogorets Win”
The odd of 1.66 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 60% chance that Ludogorets will win this match.
Odds comparison for Ludogorets Win
Bet365- odds 1.66
1xBet – odds 1.65
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Prediction 2: Most Goals – 2nd Half
Despite the fact that this looks like a fixture with goals written all over it, both sides are likely to go into the match being cautious, as neither side will be willing to go behind in the match. FC Astana will particularly be looking to hit their hosts on the counter, and that could mean that more goals will be scored in the second half than in the first 4 minutes of the encounter. As a result, we reckon more goals will be scored in the second half of the match.
Prediction 3: Both Teams To Score
In the first leg, both teams signaled their intention to go all out for the win attacks and counterattacks which lasted the entirety of the match. This resulted in each side scoring a goal at least in the match. It could have been more, but both sides were guilty of missing gilt edged chances in that match. With the margin for error significantly reduced for the second leg, we expect the same attacking intentions in the second leg, we expect both teams will score in this encounter.
Odds for this bet
Betway offers competitive odds for “Both Teams To Score”
The odd of 1.97 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 51% chance that both teams will find the back of the net in this fixture.
Odds comparisons for Both Teams To Score
Betway – odds 1.97
Betwinner – odds 1.95
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Statistics for Ludogorets vs FC Astana Prediction
There has only been one meeting between them previously:
Ludogorets has 0 win, Astana has 1 win, no draw
These matches scored an average of 3.00 goals per match
The last time they met, Astana won 3-0
Latest results Ludogorets
2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in their last 5 matches
13 goals in their last 5 matches. Average 2.60 goals per match
They lost 2-1 to FC Astana in their last match
Latest results FC Astana
1 win, 1 draw and 3 draws in their last 5 matches
2 goals in their last 5 matches. Average 1.40 goals per match
In their last match, they beat Ludogorets 2-1
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Possible squad Ludogorets & FC Astana
Line upLudogoretsFC AstanaGoalkeeperPadtCondricDefenseRusso, Verdon, SundbergTomaseviv, Beysebekov, MarochkinMidfieldWitry, Piotrowski, Goncalvez, HeisterVorogovskiy, Loncar, Ebong, HovhannisyanForwardTekpetey, Rwan Seco, DespodevOurega, Aymbetov, DarboeInjuredNoneNoneCoachIvaylo PetevGrogori Babayan
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