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Champions League - Qualification: Basel Vs Ludogorets - Betting Tip

uefaLudogorets Razgrad is 2nd in Bulgaria after five matches played with 4-0-1.  In their last match they racked up a good away win (1-0) to 4th Botev Plodiv. In Champions League qualification so far Ludogorets has knocked out decent opposition in Slovan Bratislava and Partizan Beograd. They have a couple of Bulgaria internationals at both senior and youth levels in the first eleven and looks quite a handful.

Basel played their way into the hearts of many underdog loving football fans in the 2011/2012 season when they participated in the group stages of the Champions League. They knocked out Maccabi Tel Aviv in the last round of qualification. Domestically they are 4th with 2-2-1 in their first five matches. That puts them 7 points behind Young Boys. Not a good start in other words. Basel does have quite a few internationals in the first eleven too so it’s a competitive Swiss side no doubt.

Ludogorets will in this match be without three midfielders Dimo Bakalov, Mihail Aleksandrov, and Miroslav Ivanov. FC Basel will be without forward Marco Streller (their captain and top scorer), midfielder Geoffrey Serey Die, Fabian Ritter. Defender Taulant Xhaka is doubtful.

Many will fall victim to their biases and consider Basel the big favorite here. I disagree! This looks quite evenly matched to me. One key indicator for that is the Bulgarian national team, built mainly on domestic talent these days. Ludogorets is top of the pops in Bulgaria, which has to count for something. Another key indicator is that Basel has been losing talent in a steady pace the last few years to bigger clubs. This window alone players such as Bobadilla, Dragovic, Joo-Ho, Steinhofer, Cabral and Zoua has left. Basel has been good at fostering talent, but it is a big ask to lose so many first teamers and expect things to remain hunky dory.

Tip: Over 2.5
Odd: 1.92
Stake: 10/10
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