Ludogorets vs. Shamrock Rovers Prediction, Tips & Odds – July 19, 2022 19:45 CET
After eliminating Sutjeska, the next obstacle for Ludogorets on their way to the Champions League group stage will be Shamrock Rovers.
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Six years have passed since Ludogorets last participated in the Champions League group stage. The current Bulgarian champion hopes to play in elite competition again. In the first round of qualifying, they eliminated Sutjeska, and now they will play against Shamrock Rovers. Ludogorets will be absolute favorites, but in the past, they know how to surprise unpleasantly, for example, in 2015 when they were eliminated by Milsami.
Head coach Ante Simundza insists on a defensive approach. The primary goal for Ludogorets is to secure their own net and only then take advantage of the opportunities that arise in the attack. Very often in the past, Ludogorets was extremely offensive oriented, but that has changed since the Slovenian expert became head coach. In four games played this season, they achieved four wins without conceding a single goal.
During the transfer window, Ludogorets didn’t change almost anything in their squad. They kept all important players, and they hope that consistency will be an advantage over a large number of opponents in these qualifying. Against Shamrock, they shouldn’t have any problems at home.
After waiting almost a decade for another title, Shamrock Rovers have now managed to win the Ireland Premier Division twice in a row. Last season, they failed to qualify for the Conference League group stage. They were eliminated by Flora in the playoffs, and they are hoping for a different scenario now.
By advancing to the second round of qualifying, Shamrock secured three chances to appear in the group stage of the European competition. If they are eliminated by Ludogorets, they will most likely play against Shkupi in the third round of the Europa League qualifying. Even if they are eliminated there, they will have another shot in the Conference League playoffs.
Apart from goalkeeper Alan Mannus and centre-back Roberto Lopes, all Shamrock players are Irish. Some of them have other jobs besides football, so they are not fully professionals. Despite that, they provide very good results and will certainly do everything they can to make a good impression against Ludogorets.
Never in the past, these two teams have played against each other. In the first round of qualifying, Ludogorets eliminated Sutjeska, while Shamrock was better than Hibernians. Both teams won their tie with a total score of 3:0.
All players are available for Ludogorets, while Neil Farrugia and Jack Byrne won’t play for Shamrock.
Ludogorets vs. Shamrock Rovers Prediction
Ludogorets started the new season very well. They have a lot of self-confidence, and they are already gaining a routine. Shamrock is not at that level and the home team will certainly try to achieve an easy victory on their pitch. In that way, they would ensure a peaceful trip to Ireland for the second leg.
Date and Time: 19.07.2022 19:45 CET
Pick: Ludogorets -1.5