Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Slavutych-Arena will host Thursday’s Conference League game between Zorya Luhansk and CSKA Sofia. The Ukrainian outfit aim to record yet another win over the Bulgarians, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. Considering that Zorya rolled over Metalist 6-1 on the road in their last league match, home win should be considered. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Oleksandr Gladky, who scored a brace at the weekend.
CSKA Sofia, on the other hand, do not seem to be at their sharpest ahead of the trip to Ukraine. Stoycho Mladenov’s men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-1 loss to Lokomotiv Plovdiv at the weekend, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on Zorya this time out. France midfielder Yohan Bai is pushing for a start after finding the net in the defeat to Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Highlighted Player (Mykyta Shevchenko ):
Born in Horlivka, Ukraine on January 26, Mykyta Shevchenko is a goalkeeper who plays for Zorya Luhansk in the Ukraine Premier League. Shevchenko has nothing to do with the legendary Ukrainian footballer, and, unlikely Andriy, he has yet to represent the national team on the international stage.
Mykyta Shevchenko started his club career at Shakhtar Donetsk, but he did not see too many game actions with the Miners. Following loan spells with Illichivets Mariupol, Zorya Luhansk, and Karpaty Lvivi, he signing a permanent deal with Zorya. The 187-cm-tall shot-stopper has three caps with the Ukraine U21 team, while making six appearances with the U19 team.
Speaking of his achievements at the club level, Mykyta Shevchenko won the Ukraine Premier League with Shaktar Donetsk on three occasions (2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18). Mykyta’s preferred foot is right and his contract with Zorya Luhansk should expire in June, 2021.
Highlighted Team (CSKA Sofia):
CSKA Sofia are a Bulgarian football club that welcome their rivals at Bulgarian Army Stadium. The Armymen are well known for their red shirts, while they wear white jerseys on the travels. The Reds won their 31st national championship in the 2007/08 season, with the team finishing the process 16 points clear of the second-place Levski Sofia.
CSKA have won 20 Bulgarian Cup titles (last in 2016). Levski Sofia are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, and there have always been fireworks in matches between the two teams. CSKA made it to the Champions League semis on two occasions.
In the 1966/67 campaign the Armymen were more than unfortunate not to beat Inter in the semifinals, with the team losing to Bayern Munchen 7-4 (on agg.) in their second attempt to go all the way in the elite competition. CSKA Sofia’s home ground was opened in 1967, and it can hold up to 22,995 spectators.