CSKA Sofia vs St. Patrick’s Athletic Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 04, 2022 19:00 CET
St. Patrick’s Athletic made one of the biggest upsets in the second round of the Conference League qualifying, but now they will have a much more difficult task.
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For several years now, CSKA Sofia has been the second best club in Bulgaria. Ludogorets is undisputedly in first place and that makes it difficult for everyone else, but CSKA has taken a step forward in Europe in the last two seasons. They played twice in a row group stage in European competitions, eliminating clubs like Basel and Viktoria Plzen during the process.
Those wins achieved in previous two years give CSKA Sofia big confidence and belief that they can repeat the same thing for the third consecutive season. In case they eliminate St. Patrick’s Athletic, they will play against Basel or Brondby in the playoffs. It’s a solid draw and CSKA Sofia certainly sees their chance. Before that, they will have to do the job against opponent from Ireland.
CSKA had a great start in the Bulgarian league as well. They collected 10 points in four rounds and they are in second place. CSKA played particularly well in the last two matches at home. First, they beat Makedonija GP in the Conference League by 4:0, and then they defeated Beroe 5:1.
St. Patrick’s Athletic
After three years of absence, St. Patrick’s Athletic secured a spot in Europe again. They finished second in the League of Ireland last season, which is their best result since 2013 when they won the title last time. Young head coach Tim Clancy has done a great job with this team, and he continues in that rhythm this season as well.
St. Patrick’s Athletic made a real sensation in the second round of the Conference League qualifying. They eliminated Mura after penalty shootout last week. This club cause some surprises in Europe in the past, but St. Patrick’s Athletic never reached the group stage. They came very close in 2009 when Steaua was better in the Europa League playoffs. In 2011 and 2012, St. Patrick’s Athletic played in the third round of the European League qualifying and now ten years later they are again in the third qualifying round in one European competition.
Against CSKA Sofia, St. Patrick’s Athletic will be absolute underdogs. For any chance of progressing, they will need a much better performance than against Mura. The Bulgarian club is more serious opponent and they will surely know how to execute their chances.
Never before CSKA Sofia and St. Patrick’s Athletic played against each other, so this will be their first clash.
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CSKA Sofia vs. St. Patrick’s Athletic Prediction
CSKA Sofia won’t underestimate St. Patrick’s Athletic. Their head coach Sasa Ilic was Partizan captain back in 2011 when this team experienced one of the toughest European defeats against Shamrock Rovers, so he will know how to prepare his team mentally.
Date and Time: 04.08.2022 19:00 CET
Pick: CSKA Sofia -1 (AH)