Tuesday night’s match between Ludogorets Razgrad and Arsenal can be characterized as a David and Goliath duel. On the one hand we have European Giants Arsenal who regularly have important role in UCL, while on the other hand we have the relatively „small“ Ludogorets whom already a placement in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League represents a great success.
Ludogorets Key facts:
The Bulgarian team is definitely the outsider in group A of the Champions league. In three matches they played in the UCL, Ludogorets achieved only one draw (against Basel away in first leg) and two loses. Realistically Ludogorets will fight with Basel for third place that is for a place in Europe League during the spring. Ludogorets has a quite successful season in domestic championship, as they are head to head with Levski having same number of points and one match less than their rival from Sofia. Ludogorets has won last five matches in domestic championship, but in the UCL things are different. Arsenal humiliated the Bulgarian team with 6-0 two weeks ago at the Emirates and will go off as favorites for this return fixture in Sofia. Ludogorets will be preparing a revenge for the heavy defeat or better to say to avoid a new one. Coach Dermendzhiev has almost all available players on his disposal except the injured Vitinha who was also absent in the first game between these two sides.
Arsenal Key facts:
The Gunners are playing fantastic in all fronts. In English Premier League they are second behind Manchester City with the same number of points but with a slightly worse goal difference. Arsenal has beat Sunderland away in the last round of the EPL with the convincing 1-4 score. In the UEFA Champions League Arsenal shares first place in group A with PSG as both team have seven points from three games. Arsenals coach Arsene Wenger can’t count on the injured: Santi Cazorla, Per Mertesacker, Nacho Monreal, Theo Walcott and Danny Welbeck.
Ludogorets vs Arsenal: Head to Head Statistics
The first leg fixture in London which finished 6-0 in favor of Arsenal was the first meeting between Arsenal and Ludogorets in a UEFA Champion League competition. Ludogorets played with Clubs from English premier league 3 times (including last game against Arsenal) and so far they have not achieved any victories they lost twice and pull out one draw.
Ludogorets vs Arsenal: Prediction
There is no doubt that Arsenal is once again a huge favorite in this Champions League game. Their form has been good and key players are stepping up whenever required. Alexis Sanchez is in a great form and slowly becomes a true team leader of the team and with the help of the Frenchman Olivier Giroud, Arsenal attack is capable to take down even bigger European teams not to mention the “small” Ludogorets.
Ludogorets were not yet able to extend their good domestic form to the Champions League, and they are a side that will struggle against the elite European teams, realistically if they don’t lose as bad as they did in the last match they should be happy.
However glimmer of hope for Ludogorets can be Arsenal’s away form in Europe as they have lost 3 of their last 5 away games. The game is expected to feature a lot of goals like the first leg, both teams are good in the attacking front. So this match could see at least 3 goals but also most likely Arsenal to win.
Result Prediction: Ludogorets – Arsenal 1-3;
Predicted Ludogorets Razgrad Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Stoyanov – Natanael, Palomino, Moti, Minev – Anicet, Dyakov – Vura, Marcelinho, Wanderson – Cafu
Predicted Arsenal Lineup (4-2-3-1):
Cech – Bellerin, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal – Xhaka, Cazorla – Walcott, Ozil, Iwobi – Sanchez
Ludogorets Razgrad vs Arsenal
UEFA Champions League – Group A
Date: Tuesday, 1st November, 2016,
Kick-Off: 20:45 CET,
Venue: Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia.