CSKA 1948 face Levski in the capital derby of the 16th round of the efbet Liga. The match at the “Vitosha” stadium in Bistrica started in 5:30 p.m and you will be able to watch it live on DIEMA SPORTas well as online on the platform PLAY DIEMA XTRA. We will follow the match minute by minute on the Gong.bg website.
The “Reds” have no loss in their last six championship matches, but they have recorded only two victories in them, and this places them in seventh position with 23 points. With only one win in their last five matches, against the Black Sea with 1:0, the “blues” are in a hole. They are in fifth place with 27 points.
The head coach of the hosts – Nikolay Panayotov, will not be able to rely on the suspended Eliton George, as well as the injured Reyan Daskalov, Jonathan Pereira, Stoyan Stoichkov and Evgeny Serdyuk. Emil Viachki is expected to replace Eliton, who will partner with national team Simeon Petrov, and on the flanks will be Erdenis Gurishta and Simeon Vassilev. Most likely, there will be a change in the midfield of the team – Nikola Iliev will sit on the bench at the expense of Parviz Umarbaev, who will act together with Ivaylo Chochev. Georgi Rusen and Pedrinho will attack on the wings, and Antonio Vutov will act behind the attacker Aeron Zinga.
“Levski plays pretty good football. They had ups and downs, in some matches they didn’t manage to win, but they are one of the teams that try to play good football. We have to show face to win. If you don’t show face and character in this match, you can’t win the match. In general, we do not care who Levski goes out with. We watch all their matches,” commented the coach of the “Reds”.
Levski coach Nikolay Kostov will bet among the starters for Javad El Jemili. The Spaniard with Moroccan roots had an injury and did not play in the team’s last two matches – the 1:2 loss against Beroe in Stara Zagora and the goalless draw with Arda. However, the 21-year-old football player is already training at full speed with his teammates and the coach of the capital city will be able to count on him today. Star Welton and Bilal Barry, who are injured, are certainly out for today’s match.
After the goalless draw in Kardzhali in the last round, Kostov made a curious statement that it was a mistake to aim for the title before the start of the season, implying that at the moment the team does not believe that it is something really achievable.
The two teams met in the first round of the campaign when CSKA 1948 played quite well at Georgi Asparuhov and managed to pull off a comeback win.
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5:30 p.m | CSKA 1948 – LEVSKI
efbet League, 16th round
Chief Judge: Dragomir Draganov, city of Varna
Stadium: “Vitosha”, city of Bistrica
Probable lineups of both teams:
CSKA 1948 (4-2-3-1): Daniel Naumov – Erdenis Gurishta, Simeon Petrov, Emil Viachki, Simeon Vasilev – Parviz Umarbaev, Ivaylo Chochev – Georgi Rusen, Antonio Vutov, Pedriño – Aerton Zinga
Head Coach: Nikolay Panayotov
LEVSKI (4-1-4-1): Plamen Andreev – Vanderson Tsunami, Jose Cordoba, Christian Dimitrov, Jeremy Petris – Darlan – Marin Petkov, Javad El Jemili, Bozhidar Kraev, Ronaldo – Ricardinho
Head Coach: Nikolay Kostov