RIGA FC VS CSKA SOFIA PREVIEW & PREDICTION
The historic Bulgarian army sports club disputes this 1st UEFA Europa League qualifier as the current Bulgarian league runner-up, who finished it 3 points behind the champion Ludogorets but 13 points above the 3rd classified and eternal rival, Levski Sofia .
Although he could not win the league title that he has been resisting since 2008, CSKA was the team that lost the least number of matches, since he only suffered 1 defeat by 2 of the champion Ludogorets.
While it is true that Riga chained 6 consecutive matches at home without losing in the mediocre Latvian competitions, CSKA Sofia chained for its part 9 consecutive official matches without losing.
I saw a good part of the televised broadcast of the first leg a week ago, and CSKA remains faithful to the tradition that it has always been a team that has felt more comfortable playing backward to come out on the counterattack.
That even before technically inferior rivals and playing at home, as was the case against Riga.
He got the victory for the minimum with a goal from the Portuguese Thiago Mendes in an alternate dominance match where the Latvians also had no obligation to overtake their lines or take great risks.
Now, however, things change, because if the match ends 0-0 the Latvians will go to the street, and if CSKA will be forced to put 3 for the double value of the goals in the opposite field.
And as I say the CSKA Sofia team has in their lifelong DNA the game on the counterattack from the defensive withdrawal, so the very weak Riga can make a break as they take more risks for the minutes pass if not gets to open the Riga marker.
Of what little we have against the pick is that CSKA is still finishing the pre-season, since this Sunday starts the league championship receiving the Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Riga, on the other hand, is much more involved, competes on the 30th of July for the 15th day of the Latvian league, of which he is 2nd classified 6 points behind Rigas Futbola.
Anyway, I think that Bulgarian clubs such as Ludogorets in the Champions League, of course, but also CSKA, Levski, Botev Plovdiv, Lokomotiv Plovdiv, or Slavia de Sofia, are all above any Latvian team because of their quality. foreigners as well as their nationals.
PREDICTION: Under 2.5 goals @ 1.64