Ludogorets vs Vidi FC
UEFA Champions League
Date: Wednesday, 25 July 2018
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK / 19:00 CET
Venue: Ludogorets Arena, Razgrad.
Ludogorets began their route towards the Champions League group phase in some manner, bagging as many as nine goals in two legs with Northern Irish champions Crusaders.
The Bulgarians are hoping to match the record from two years ago when they managed to reach the group stage playing the likes of Arsenal, PSG and Basel there.
The hosts were stopped by Israeli Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the third qualifying round last time out (3-3 on aggregate, away goal rule), but they did play an important role in the Europa League group stage.
Ludogorets passed the group with Hoffenheim, Istanbul Basaksehir and Sporting Braga, but Italian giants Milan were too strong in the last 16 round.
Based on such strong experience the Bulgarians have in the past couple of years, we just can’t see how the Hungarian outfit could possibly cause them problems at this stage of the competition.
Ludogorets vs Vidi: Head-to-head
The two sides will have the opportunity to take on each other for the first time ever.
Ludogorets vs Vidi: Prediction
Vidi only clinched their third domestic title last year when they edged past Ferencvaros beating them by two points to lift the trophy in NB I. This is thus their first Champions League experience in three years and they could have easily ended it in the very first qualifying round.
Marko Nikolic’s troops had to work hard to go past the champions of Luxemburg there as they only advanced 3-2 on aggregate thanks to the second-half winner from Marko Scepovic in the reverse fixture at Puskas Akademia Pancho Arena.
Both teams began their domestic seasons at the weekend, claiming a clean sheet win each at home in the first round. It was sixth on the bounce in all competitions for Ludogorets who kept their net untouched in each of last four games, including the 1-0 win in the Bulgarian Super Cup final against Slavia Sofia.
The gulf in quality should be notable here as we expect the hosts to dominate from the very get go.
Ludogorets vs Vidi: Bet Tips
Ludogorets -1.5 handicap @ 1.95
HT/FT Ludogorets/Ludogorets @ 1.83.