Today, at 22:00 Bulgarian time, Betis and Ludogorets will play in a match of the second round of the Europa League group stage. The Bulgarian champions dropped the bombshell in the first round, beating Jose Mourinho’s Roma 2-1. It was this success that gave reason to the coach of the Spaniards, Manuel Pellegrini, to warn his players yesterday that the people of Razgrad are not a team that can be underestimated.
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The attack of Ludogorets is in its whirlwind not only when it comes to matches from the native championship, but also for those in Europe. Until now, the people of Razgrad have played 9 European matches, in which they have scored 16 goals.
That is where the most serious competition for starting positions is. For the two flanks, Ante Shimunja will choose between four players – Kiril Despodov, Tekpetei, Rick Jonathan and Spas Delev. Cowley looks secure in the position behind the striker, and the attack will most likely be led by Igor Thiago at the expense of Tissera.
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Pole Jakub Piotrowski will be one of the two inside midfielders, and his partner will be chosen between Manuel Shaw and new Brazilian signing Nonato, who scored the winning goal against Roma.
Von Vitri, Anton Nedyalkov, Olivier Verdon and Cicinho are certain for the starting line-up in defense.
For their part, Betis, who are considered by the bookies as one of the favorites to win the tournament along with Arsenal, Manchester United and Roma, secured a 2-0 away win over HIC a week ago and will surely be looking for another success to give them gave an advantage over the Eagles and the Romans for one of the first two places in the group. However, Pellegrini’s squad will have to do without some key players. Out for the match due to injuries are Nabil Fekir, Juanmi, Victor Camarasa and Victor Ruiz, and the right back Sabali is questionable.
Europa League, Group C, Round 2:
BETIS: Bravo, Rubial, Gonzalez, Peceya, Miranda, Akuoku, Carvalho, Joaquin, Rodri, Enrique, Jose
LUDOGORETS: Padt, Von Vitry, Verdon, Nedyalkov, Sisinho, Piotrovsky, Shaw, Tekpetei, Cowley, Despodov, Thiago
Stadium: “Benito Villamarin”
Judge: Andris Treimanis (Latvia)
Begining: 22:00 hours
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