Ludogorets vs Žalgiris Prediction on August 18, 2022
On Thursday, August 18, the first match of the playoff round of the men’s football 2022-23 UEFA Europa League will take place in Razgrad, Bulgaria, at the Huvefarma Arena, in which PFC Ludogorets will host FK Žalgiris. The meeting is scheduled to start at 8:45 p.m. local & Moscow time.
The current form of Ludogorets Due to Ludogorets’ dominance over the past 10 years, no other Bulgarian team has been able to challenge them for the league title in a very long time. ‘The Eagles’ aren’t doing perfectly in the current championship though; they are in the 5th position in the standings. Last season, they were a solid 12 points clear of the closest pursuer, CSKA Sofia. Fortunately for them, they have a few games fewer played than most of the teams in the Efbet Liga. Additionally, Ludogorets are unsuccessful on the international stage this season; Dinamo Zagreb of Croatia defeated them 3:6 on aggregate in the third round of the UEFA Champions League qualification and eliminated them. The latest results of Ludogorets (5 matches): • Lost to Dinamo Zagreb 2-4 • Lost to Dinamo Zagreb 1-2 • Victory over Spartak Varna 5-0 • Lost to Shamrock Rovers 1-2 • Drew against CSKA 1948 Sofia 2-2 The current form of Žalgiris Although Žalgiris is the most well-known team in Lithuania, they have only won the national championship twice in the past 5 years. The Vilnius side has a good chance of improving these numbers by winning the next championship, given the outcomes of their current campaign and the fact that they are currently leading the Optibet A Lyga standings and have 4 games fewer played that the closest follower Hegelmann. ‘The Green Whites’ were able to demonstrate their excellence in the Champions League qualification process by defeating Sweden’s Malmö – 1:0 and 2:0 – in addition to eliminating Ballkani from Kosovo. Žalgiris didn’t stop fighting until the last minutes in the rematch against Norway’s Bodø/Glimt (1-1) after losing the first leg with a score of 0-5. The latest results of Žalgiris (5 matches): • Victory over Riteriai 5-0 • Drew against Bodø/Glimt 1-1 • Victory over Banga 2-1 • Lost to Bodø/Glimt 0-5 • Victory over Malmö 2-0 Head-to-head encounters There have only ever been 2 official head-to-head matches in the teams’ history. They occurred in July 2017 during the second qualifying round of the Champions League: first, Žalgiris won by a score of 2-1, and then Ludogorets triumphed by a score of 4-1.
Since Ludogorets and Žalgiris were eliminated from the Champions League after the third qualifying round, their only goal now is to advance to the Europa League group stage. The Lithuanian squad has a chance to reach the groups of the European cup for the first time in history if they win the forthcoming match against the Bulgarian team who, on the other hand, frequently competes in this stage of a competition. ‘The Eagles’ are the favorites according to sportsbooks with deposit bonuses because they are the better team overall, have more experience, and will play at home. We think we are right to anticipate exciting play in the upcoming match. In just 6 prior confrontations, Ludogorets scored 24 goals, which is a very strong indicator by football standards. If you look at the most recent games in which they played, you may observe absolutely fruitful outcomes. Žalgiris have a relatively smaller stature, yet they frequently play effectively. Based on this, a total of over 2.5 goals with a coefficient of 1.72 at TornadoBet is the best option for the forecast.
Results of the forecast
Forecast failed. Ludogorets vs Žalgiris 1:0