Ludogorets v Slovan Bratislava
– This is a rematch of the Champions League second qualifying round, which is somewhat more attractive than the others as the first match between the Bulgarian champion Ludogorets and Slovakian Bratislava has ended with the minimal victory of the Slovakian champion of 2-1. Begins: 24.07.2013 – 19:30 CET
But we can safely say that Ludogorets was a much better team in that match, and only a combination of unfortunate circumstances prevented them to achieve a better result. What happened is that guests from Bulgaria had controlled the game from the beginning and in the 65th minute through stopper Mantyle took the lead, but in the continuation of the match had apparently got sleepy as they with one player more have received even two goals by the end of the match. Before that the hosts missed a penalty, so ahead of the rematch that will be played at home in the camp of Ludogorets must be very concerned about a drop in the concentration in the last 20 minutes. This shocking end of the match in Bratislava has obviously left a big scar on the team as they were defeated on the last weekend in the first round of the domestic championship in the away match against a newcomer in the first league Lyubimets, which was the last drop in the glass for the ambitious president Domuschiev who immediately sacked coach Petev. That is why his former assistant Dermendzhiev will lead team in the rematch of the Champions League and it is expected that he introduces several changes in the first team in which will not play for sure the injured striker Michel.
Probable lineups Ludogorets: Stoyanov – Minev, Moti, Mantyla, Junior Caicara – Dyakov – Stoyanov, Fabio Espinho, Marcelinho, Ivanov – Bezjak
Slovan had somehow managed to return from the dead in the first match in Bratislava, considering that after minus of one goal and exclusions of midfielder Grendel in the 81st minute everyone at the stadium accepted the fact that everything is lost as far as the placements in the next round of the Champions League is concerned. But then kicked-in their unyielding stubbornness and desire for success and in just five minutes they have scored two goals. The experienced attacker Halenar was the one who scored both of them and it is interesting that he entered the game in the 75th minute instead of Fort. And it was Fort who missed the penalty kick for Slovan sometimes earlier, so it was obvious that coach Slovak had made ??a brilliant move sending him on the bench. That is why we expect now that in the second leg Halenar be in the starting lineup while the rest of the team should remain the same as a week ago, but without suspended Grendel and injured midfielder Zofcak. Let us say that Slovan should have played a championship match with Senica on the last weekend but they postponed it due to the obligations in the Champions League, which only tells us how seriously they approach to this competition.
Probable lineups Slovan Bratislava: Putnocky – Bagayoko, Kolcak, Gorosito, Josimov – Kladrubsky, Hlohovsky – Peltier, Meszaros, Milinkovic – Halenar
Ludogorets – Slovan Bratislava Pick
Regardless of the minimum defeat from Bratislava Ludogorets still has a very active result, so it is expected that now in front of their fans show that they’re a lot better team than Slovan and that they fully definitely deserve a passage into the next round of the Champions League.
Odd: 2.05 - William Hill