Our prediction for this Europa League match:
After eliminating Maribor on away goal rule in the Europa League play-offs, Ludogorets will be aiming to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they welcome CSKA Moscow at their Ludogorets Arena on Thursday evening. The Bulgarian champions were not at their sharpest in the Champions League qualifiers and, no doubt, they want to make amends for the unsuccessful campaign.
The Russians, on the other hand, have been producing fine performances in the national championship at the start of the season and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Thursday’s football match in Razgrad. Anyhow, a close encounter is on the cards and we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. You should bear in mind that the two teams have never met before in European competitions. A man to watch in the home team will be Romania international Claudiu Keseru, whilst Ludogorets defenders should have Russian rising star Fedor Chalov at bay.
Highlighted Player (Georgi Terziev):
Georgi Terziev is a defender who was born in Sliven, Bulgaria on April 18, 1992. Terziev’s main position is centre-back, but he is often used as a full-back and it has to be noted that he is a two-footed footballer. The Bulgaria international started his youth career at his home-town club Sliven and then he moved to Naftex Burgas.
After making nine appearances for the club at senior level, Georgi Terziev joined Chernomorets Burgas in 2009. The defender played for the Sharks from 2009 to 2013 and the he decided to take his career to the next level. Georgi Terziev signed for big-spending Bulgarian side Ludogorets on August 12, 2013 for a fee of €500,000 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
However, in 2017 he played eight games for Croatian side Hajduk Split on loan, but he returned to Razgrad at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Speaking of his international career, Georgi Terziev made his debut for the Bulgaria national football team in October, 2011 in a friendly game against Ukraine.
Highlighted Team (CSKA Moscow):
The most prominent division of the CSKA Moscow sports club, the Armeitsy as they are commonly referred to in Russia were founded in 1911 and were the official team of the Soviet Army during the communist era. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, PFC CSKA Moscow have been become a privately owned club, with the Ministry of Defence as a shareholder.
The Army Men are one of the most successful clubs in Russian football with a rich legacy and extensive heritage both in modern era and in Soviet football alike CSKA Moscow won seven Soviet championship titles, while they have also added six Russian Premier League title for the total tally of 13 major domestic honours.
CSKA Moscow also boast a remarkable record at the international level as well with the Armeitsy winning the UEFA Cup in 2005 having beaten Sporting CP to become the first ever Russian club to win a major European title. During the last decade CSKA Moscow reached UEFA Champions League quarter-finals in 2010 and the knockout stage the following year.