Ludogorets Razgrad seeks UCL spot

Ludogorets Razgrad seeks UCL spot

Ludogorets Razgrad is aiming to record a victory against KF Ballkani, to be a one foot closer to their aims of having a spot in the Champions League. These two teams qualified for the Champions League qualifiers after dominating their domestic league. Experience is one of the advantage Ludogorets have coming into this match. Meanwhile, Ballkani will get a boost, following their successful finish in their domestic league. This is the first time every that these two teams will meet in their history, but both teams are hopeful to end it on a winning note. Due to that aim, expect Ludogorets and Ballkani to put up a fight in this match. The meeting between these two teams will be on July 12, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8), with Ballkani hosting Ludogorets.

Ludogorets Razgrad

Champions League Qualifier: Ludogrets Razgard
Photo courtesy of Ludogrets

Ludogorets have been nothing but a dominant team domestically, ending their campaign with 12 straight wins. Their last match ended in a 3-1 win for them against CSKA Sofia. Aside from the fact that the win gave them a beautiful ending in their campaign, it gave them their third title in the contest. Moreover, coming into this match, Ludogorets also have a solid preparation for their campaign here. They won all their three friendlies match, scoring six goals, and three clean sheets. These three matches were added to the five-game winning streak of Ludogorets, and to their 20-unbeaten run. From those 20 unbeaten runs, 18 of those ended in wins, and drawing twice. Moreover, in the Champions League, Ludogorets only managed to enter twice, during the 2014-15, and 2016-17 season. However, they only reached the group stage in those qualifications.

Due to the transfers by Ludogorets, they were able to strengthen their squad, with Marcel Heister, and Son joining them. These two are both expected to play in this match, as Jakub Piotrowski, and Olivier Verdon will mess due to suspensions.

KF Ballkani

Champions League qualifier: KF Ballkani
Photo courtesy of KF Ballkani

Ballkani is keeping their momentum rolling, as they aim to build from their stellar domestic league season. It was a sensational domestic league, where they finished at the top of their league table, clinching the title. This is already their second consecutive title in the tournament, which gives a boost of confidence here. The result is not surprising through, as they only lost to three of their 36 matches. From their wins in the contest, they were able to score 73 points, three points above the runners-up. In addition to that, Ballkani are unbeaten in their last 12 matches across all contests, winning six, and drawing six as well. Moreover, they can gain confidence from the fact that they are doing well at home, winning six and drawing four across all competitions. This squad now hunts for another qualification in the Champions League, where they first appeared in 2016.

Ballkani is looking to rely on Armend Thaqi, who is the top scorer of his squad during the Europa Conference League. Moreover, they will also be under the leadership of Edvin Kuc, who will captain Ballkani.

Prediction:

Ludogorets Razgrad (1.5)
Odds: -0.96

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