Hajduk Split vs Levski Sofia
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 13th July 2017
Kick off at 19:30 UK/ 20:30 CET
Venue: Stadion Hrvatski vitezovi.
The Croat giants have been going through one of the toughest periods in team’s history in the last couple of years.
Hajduk Split were nowhere near Rijeka and Dinamo Zagreb at the top of the standings in the last term of 1. HNL and they don’t have the highest expectations ahead of the new season.
Their first obstacle in Europa League will be Bulgarian Levski Sofia who seem to be heavily underestimated by the bookies who price them at 5/1 to claim the victory in the first leg.
The first match will not be played at Stadion Poljud in Split due to suspension as Hajduk are going to host the Bulgarians in neighbouring Dugopolje.
The hosts, who are led by the Spanish manager Joan Carillo, have a squad packed with internationals (Italian Ahmed Said, Ukrainian Artem Radchenko, Cameroon’s Frank Ohandza, Hungariab Marjo Fitasc etc).
The lone friendly match saw them playing a 2-2 draw with Slovenian Rudar Velenje.
Levski have not been enjoying their best years in the top flight of the Bulgarian football which has been dominated by Ludogorets over the last couple of years.
The Bulgarians have entirely changed their squad from the last season and the main task for the manager Nikolay Mitov will be to put the new acquisitions in bed for the new season.
His men did not have any troubles easing past Montenegrin Sutjeska in the first qualifying round (3-1 on aggregate).
Hajduk Split vs Levski Sofia: Head to head
The lone meeting between the teams happened at the 1999/00 UEFA Cup first round. Levski Sofia came on top on that occasion with 3-0 home win after settling for a goal-less draw in the away leg at Hajduk Split.
Hajduk Split vs Levski Sofia: Prediction
Hajduk have had huge troubles in the defense throughout the entire course of the season last year and Joan Carillo does not seem to have fixed the holes according to the poor defensive performance in the friendly game with Rudar.
Levski have a decent attacking potential with Junior Mpia Mapuku who bagged a brace in the mentioned with over Sutjeska and we can easily see the visitors on target in the first match at Stadion Hrvatskih vitezova.
Hajduk Split vs Levski Sofia: Bet Tips
The first bet will be BTTS at the odds of 2.30 with Betfair.
You can alternatively back Levski or Draw Double Chance at 2.50 odds by Bet365.