In the second leg in qualifications for the UEFA Champions League, Ludogorets will host Steaua Bucharest.
In the first match team from Bucharest was better side and they have minimal advantage of one goal (1-0).
Ludogorets started this season Bulgarian championship and after 6 rounds they are standing at the 2nd position. They will have to their best in order to beat Romanian champion from the last season. Ludogorets have almost full squad available, except Vitinha (1/0 d) and Brayan Angulo (3/0 d).
Steaua also started very good in Romanian Divizia A with 4 wins, but they lost at home the last match against Ceahlaul. Many important players were rested in this match and will be ready for today’s clash, which is more important for them.
The visitors will be without an important midfielder Chipciu (5/1 m) who scored the winning goal in the first match.
Luchin (2/0 d), Matei (0/0 d) and Lemnaru (0/0 f) are also out, but the main players are ready.
Both teams didn’t show the best football in the first leg, but Steaua was better team and IMO they have quality to qualify in the group stage in Champions League.
One interesting thing about home team: If they manage to beat Steaua today and qualify in the elite football competition they will have to play their matches outside Bulgaria, because Vasil Levski stadium, where they play their European matches, does not meet the requirements of UEFA for Champions League matches.
In that case they could return to Bucharest and play their matches at Steaua stadium, but it’s questionable do they allow them to play at their stadium if they beat them 🙂 . The second option is to play at the Philip II – the national stadium in Skopje (Macedonia).
However, I believe that Steaua will make good result tonight and qualify in the Champions League. They could go through even if they lose with minimal result, in case to score (2:1, 3:2, 4:3…), but I don’t believe that could happen.
Ludogorets vs Steaua Bucharest Betting Tip: Steaua Bucharest +0.5 Ah @ 1.63 (Bet365)
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