Levski Sofia vs Ruzomberok for the Europa League qualification match on Thursday at Georgi Asparuhov Stadium.
There’s a qualification in dispute in the second qualifying round of the Europa League when Levski Sofia receive Ruzomberok at the Vivacom Arena, with the Bulgarian lineup at a comfortable advantage after beating the Ruzomberok Slovaks 2-0. This result indicates that they have one foot in the next round.
Levski Sofia after four games without winning now takes two consecutive games victorious bringing some optimism to their fans for this Thursday’s game. The Bulgarian side began their 2019/2020 season of the Parva Liga, the Bulgarian Championship with a massive win away 4-1 over Dunav Ruse.
The first leg went much better than expected for Levski Sofia since they got a good lead, and more importantly, they did not concede goals. Now in this game, they want to avoid a defeat, especially playing in front of their fans. The team hopes to be able to control the game from the beginning, not taking risks. It seems that for this game, the coach has practically all the squad available.
Ruzomberok will need to make an excellent run in the second leg if they want to move on to the second qualifying round of the Europa League, but looking at what happened in the first leg, where they lost 2-0 to in front of their supporters, I think they will return home with empty hands.
Ruzomberok has not yet started their national championship and so had more time to prepare for this match. The team made some friendlies with mixed results, beat Velky Saris (8-0), Slask (2-1), Trnec (1-0), tied with Mikulas (3-3), and lost to Jagiellonia (2-1).
After the home defeat, the team will have to recover from a two-goal deficit in this leg, but everything is still possible, as their attack has regularly scored, managing to materialize goals in nine of the last ten games. They can’t give up, and should try to make a good display and mitigate their mistakes if they really want to surprise.
Levski proved to be slightly better than their opponent, and playing at home, Levski has an advantage, so the prediction will be in the Bulgarians’ victory.