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Level with 1-1 from the first leg of theirs Champions League third qualifying round, Ludogorez Razgrad and Olympiacos will sit up and take notice in the second leg in Bulgaria on Tuesday evening in Bulgaria.
Ludogorets went through in the 50th minute of the second leg Kiril Despodov, only for Aguibou Camara Olympiacos equalized in the 87th minute at Stadio Georgios Karaiskaki.
Prediction for this match
Ludogorets started the Champions League this season in the first qualifying round, defeating Shakhtyor 1-0 at home and away to advance to the next round where they faced Mura.
The Eagles were held to a goalless draw by Mura in the first leg of their second qualifying round but took a 3-1 home win in the second leg to set up the game against Olympiacos.
Valdas DambrauskasThe team entered the group stage of the Europa League last season and lost all six games against Tottenham Hotspur, LASK and Royal Antwerp in a tough season.
However, Ludogorets finished third in the group stage of the 2016-17 Champions League, so they know what it takes to compete at this level of playoff game.
The Bulgarian club got off to a strong start to the domestic season, picking up six points from their two games against Lokomotiv Plovdiv and CSKA 1948 Sofia and finishing second in the league.
Olympiacos won the second championship title in a row last season and thus automatically qualified for the second qualifying round of the Champions League.
The red and whites took a 2-0 aggregate win over Neftchi Baku to advance to the third qualifying round and they could only focus on the Champions League this season as their 2021/22 national season won’t host until the 20th of Atromitos .
Whether the rest of the Olympiacos will help or hinder them remains to be seen, but the fact that they have had a full week to prepare for this competition will certainly be an asset.
Pedro Martins‘s side played in last season’s Champions League group stage while reaching the 2020-21 Europa League round of 16, losing to Arsenal in two games.
Olympiacos will have been disappointed that they didn’t take advantage of their home game in the first leg, but Camara’s later equalizer from the bench could prove decisive in the second leg.
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Ludogorets have no injury or suspension issues ahead of the second leg so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the same team that impressed in the second leg last week.
Despodov was on the scorers list in the first leg and can certainly be seen in the last third of the field while Pieros Sotiriou and Bernard Tekpetey should also operate in a front threesome.
Alex Santana came off the bench in the 73rd minute of the second leg but probably won’t start here with Cauly hired to operate on the side Claude Goncalves and Stephane Badji in the midfield.
As for Olympiacos, head coach Martins is expected to make at least a few changes to the team that was on the field from the first whistle last week.
Yann M’Vila replaced Pierre Malong in the break of the first leg and this change could now be made while before the start of the game Thanasis Androutsos urges replacement Kenny Lala.
In the last third of the field it should be with the experienced Mathieu Valbuena be there coca and Giorgos Masouras.
Ludogorets Razgrad possible starting line-up:
Kahlina; Ikoko, Plastun, Verdon, Nedyalkov; Cauly, Badji, Goncalves; Tekpetey, Sotiriou, Despodov
Olympiacos possible starting line-up:
Tzolakis; Ba, Semedo, Cisse; Androutsos, Camara, M’Vila, Reabciuk; Valbuena, coca, masouras
Probability: Ludogorets Razgrad 0-1 Olympiakos (Olympiakos 2-1 in total)
This is a very, very difficult game for a number of reasons and it wouldn’t be a surprise if this competition went all the way to penalty shoot-outs. However, Olympiacos have conceded just one goal in their three Champions League games this season and we believe that the Greek side will be zero one more time and ultimately go through with a win with one goal.
Best betting tip for this match
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