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Ilves VS Slavia Sofia

Preview
Ilves and Slavia Sofia face at Sonera Stadium, in a match for this stage of the UEFA Europa League (1st Qualifying Round). These two teams have never met before, so this will be the first head‑to‑head between them. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, as both teams present significant differences between home and away performances.

Analysis of Ilves

The home team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of using the home advantage to get a positive result. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 3 draws and 7 losses in away matches, with 14 goals scored and 21 conceded; against 8 wins, 6 draws and 1 loss at their stadium, with 20 goals scored and 11 conceded. In their last match, for the Veikkausliiga, they got an away loss against RoPS by (2‑0). In the last 10 home matches Ilves has won 4 and tied 6. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have only turned the score around in 1.

The Finns of Ilves come for this Europe League stage after having won the 3rd position of the championship of 2017; however, we emphasize that a presence in this type of qualifiers is unusual. It’s also important to emphasize that the home team isn’t going through a very positive moment as they add only 3 wins in the last 10 played matches. In this home match, the coach Jarkko Wiss should maintain the usual 4-2-3-1 with Marius Noubissi being the most offensive reference of the team: this player is the highlight of Ilves with 6 scored goals in the current Finnish championship. For this match, the home team’s coach won’t count on the injured Baba Mensah.

Confirmed Lineup: M. Hilander, F. Aspegren, J. Tanska, T. Miettunen, T. Rannankari, L. Ala-Myllymäki, E. Tamminen, I. Thiaw, T. Siira, M. Noubissi , I. Järvinen.

Analysis of Slavia Sofia

The team plays its first match in this edition of the UEFA Europa League with the intention of getting a positive away result. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 2 draws and 9 losses in away matches, with 18 goals scored and 28 conceded; against 6 wins, 6 draws and 3 losses at their stadium, with 23 goals scored and 17 conceded. In their last match, for the Super Cup, they got an away loss against Ludogorets by (1‑0). In the last 10 away matches Slavia Sofia has won 3, tied 2 and lost 5. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 7 of the last 10 matches.

Slavia Sofia comes for this first round of the Europe League thanks to the victory of the Bulgarian Cup. We recall that the visiting team already played an official match this season, the super bowl, however, were defeated by Ludogorets by 1-0. In this first leg against Ilves, the coach Zlatomir Zagorcic should play with a strategy based on the counterattack, exploring the best way the space on the opponent's back. Captain Martinov is the most important player of this Slavia Sofia, being this fundamental in the defensive balance of the squad. It seems that the coach has all the squad at his disposal.

Confirmed Lineup: G. Petkov, A. Aleksandrov, A. Hristov, E. Martinov, M. Tsvetanov, G. Ivanov, D. Velkovski, M. Gamakov, S. Shokolarov, Y. Karabelyov, M. Angelov.

Betting suggestion:

This match has a great tendency to be balanced, as it’s between two teams that are going through dubious moments of the season. In addition, the two teams are characterized by having several failures to finishing, making this match to be fairly equal and with few chances of goals. This way, risking the '' under 2.5 goals '' in this match is a good option.
NOTE: Statistical values limited to the matches in our database.

Markets
Match Odds 33 Place your bet
Slavia Sofia 18%
3.28
Ilves 64%
2.96
The Draw 18%
3.42
Over/Under 2.5 goals 13 Place your bet
Under 2.5 Goals 54%
1.59
Over 2.5 Goals 46%
2.78
Half Time 2 Place your bet
Slavia Sofia 50%
3.8
The Draw 50%
2.02
Ilves 0% 3.8
Over/Under 1.5 Goals 7 Place your bet
Over 1.5 Goals 100%
1.58
Under 1.5 Goals 0% 2.75
Over/Under 3.5 Goals 2 Place your bet
Under 3.5 Goals 100%
1.2
Over 3.5 Goals 0% 5.9
Over/Under 4.5 Goals 1 Place your bet
Under 4.5 Goals 100%
1.07
Over 4.5 Goals 0% 13.5
Over/Under 0.5 Goals 6 Place your bet
Under 0.5 Goals 0% 8.3
Over 0.5 Goals 100%
1.14
Both teams to Score? 5 Place your bet
Yes 60%
2.18
No 40%
1.825
Half With Most Goals 5 Place your bet
2nd Half 100%
2.2
Tie 0% 3.25
1st Half 0% 3.2
First Half Goals 7 Place your bet
Over 0.5 Goals 100%
1.51
Under 0.5 Goals 0% 2.5
First Half Goals 1.5 3 Place your bet
Over 1.5 Goals 0% 3.4
Under 1.5 Goals 100%
1.3
Note: On the graphics, the lay Tips were converted to Back on the other choices of that market.

Tips
 

UEFA Europa League - 2018/2019

  • 79% 362 / 458 Games

  • Home team wins 51.1%
  • Draws 21.82%
  • Away team wins 27.07%
  • Over 1.5 75.69%
  • Over 2.5 50.28%
  • Over 3.5 28.73%
  • Goals 980
  • Goals /match 2.71
  • Goals /match home 1.66
  • Goals /match away 1.05
  • Both teams score 47.79%
  • Goals after 80' 19.39%
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