CSKA Sofia vs Basel Prediction & Match Preview

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CSKA Sofia vs Basel
UEFA Europa Conference League Qualification
Date: 18 August 2022, Thursday
Kick-off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion Vasil Levski (Sofia).

Basel will be looking to get revenge on CSKA Sofia who eliminated them in the UEFA Europa League playoffs round two years ago.

The two teams will meet each other in the same stage but of the other competition as they will determine one spot for the group stage of the UEFA Europa Conference League this season between them.

Neither team shined so far in the qualifications but both managed somehow to advance to this stage.

CSKA Sofia even lost the first leg of the previous round’s tie against Irish side Shamrock Rovers before clinching a 0-2 victory in the reverse fixture on the road to advance through to the playoffs.

The Bulgarians have failed to find the net in two of four Conference League qualifiers despite facing the likes of Makedonija JP and Shamrock Rovers in the process.

Basel, on the other side, needed penalties to eliminate Brondby in the third qualifying round despite the fact that the Danes are not pulling up any trees at the beginning of the new season in their domestic league.

The Swiss outfit also barely went past Northern Irish Crusaders, eliminating them 3-1 on aggregate beforehand.

Basel are one of just three teams in the top flight of Swiss football without a victory in the opening four rounds of the new season.

They have scored just two goals in the process and we would not be surprised to see them struggling to create up front here in Bulgaria.

CSKA Sofia vs Basel Head-to-head

  • As mentioned above, these two teams met each other in the UEFA Europa League playoffs two years ago when CSKSA Sofia celebrated a 1-3 victory thanks to a late second-half comeback.
  • They have also battled it out in the group phase of the UEFA Europa League back in the 2009/10 season when Basel picked up two easy wins.

CSKA Sofia vs Basel Prediction

Basel do not have the pedigree from ten years ago. They do not represent a force in European football with the current squad.

This is why we can hardly see them doing much in this tie with CSKA Sofia. You can pick the hosts to win at the very generous 3.00 odds.

CSKA Sofia vs Basel Betting Tips

  • CSKA Sofia to win @ 3.00 (2/1)
  • CSKA Sofia to keep a clean sheet @ 3.75 (11/4) odd.