Zurich vs Ludogorets
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 4th October 2018
Kick-off at 17:55 UK/ 18:55 CET
Venue: Letzigrund Stadion (Zurich).
Zurich eye back to back win after beating AEK Larnaca at Cyprus in the first round. This won’t be an easy fixture with the opponent being the seasoned Bulgarian giant Ludogorets Razgrad.
FCZ are in stunning form altogether and are coming on the back of a 5 match unbeaten streak (4W, 1D).
The Swiss side have a good home record at group stage of the competition as well and are currently 8 match unbeaten having won and drew 4 each.
Ludogorets lost to Bayer Leverkusen 2-3 on matchday 1 and they will be thoroughly disappointed having lead the game 2-0 around the half-hour mark.
The Bulgarian champions are making it to the group stage for a third time and successfully made it to the knockout round in previous two occasions.
The Razgrad club are strong travelers as well, having lost just 2 of their 13 matches, won 6 and drew 5.
Zurich vs Ludogorets Head-to-head
This will be their first ever head-to-head meeting.
Zürich’s lone meeting with a Bulgarian club happened in the 1977 UEFA Cup against CSKA Sofia. They won 1-0 at home before losing by same margin in the return leg.
Ludogorets lone Swiss opponent is FC Basel, but they met this side 6 times between 2013 and 2016. The h2h record is an underwhelming 1 win, 2 draws and 3 losses.
Ludogorets are win-less in Swiss soil, drew 1 and lost 2 and are yet to score a goal.
Zurich vs Ludogorets Prediction
Zurich start the game with 3 points while Ludogorets on 0, but there is little to separate the sides on current form.
The Swiss outfit bagged a huge away win at Cyprus a fortnight ago and their current home form as well as home record in the group stage of the competition is impeccable.
Ludogorets suffered a loss on the opening day, but that was against a strong side Bayer Leverkusen. That defeat remains to be their lone loss since August and won 10 of the 13 games in all competitions during the period.
This could be a tight match and there will be nothing to separate at full-time whistle. Both times to score and the correct score 1-1 looks good to me from here.
Zurich vs Ludogorets Betting Tips
Both teams to Score at 8/11 (1.73).
Correct FT Score: 1-1 @ 6/1 (7.00).