Maritimo vs Botev Plovdiv
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Qualification
Date: Thursday, 3rd August 2017
Kick-off at 19:00 UK/ 20:00 CET
Venue: Estadio dos Barreiros (Funchal).
Maritimo have a slight advantage in the second leg against Botev Plovdiv after earning a goal-less draw in the away leg. The Portuguese outfit ended their league campaign on a 15 match unbeaten home run, which served as a catalyst for their sixth placed finish in the standings.
The Bulgarians have never made it through the qualifiers and are coming on the back of an inconsistent run. They were thrashed 6-2 at home by local heavy weights CSKA Sofia on the weekend, which could definitely affect their morale going into this tie.
However, Botev Plovdiv do come with a strong reputation in European nights. They were beaten only once in 15 qualification game. The lone defeat happened in an away fixture at St. Polten resulting in their elimination from the competition.
Maritimo vs Botev Plovdiv: Head-to-head
There are no other competitive meeting between the two sides other than the first leg clash of the corresponding tie.
Maritimo vs Botev Plovdiv: Prediction
This is expected to be a tough night for the Bulgarians with Maritimo sitting tight on a strong home record. Botev Plovdiv are a step ahead in fitness after having a handful of competitive games under their belt. But, they are up against a team that had won 12 of their last 18 home matches in all competitions. Therefore, a narrow home win is on the cards here.