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Bulgaria's vice-champion CSKA Sofia starts its participation in the first preliminary round of the Europa League on Thursday. The first rival of the "reds" is the Latvian Rika as the match is at 20:45 at the Bulgarian Army stadium.


The Riga team has made tremendous advances from a club founded only in 2015, who is now a true contender for the title just a few years later. They won the right to represent Latvia in League Europe for the first time in their brief history, and now they are facing one of the most famous Bulgarian teams CSKA Sofia. The first trip in the Europa League will be difficult for the Latvians, as the lot against them met the second strongest team in Bulgaria. CSKA Sofia are miles away from their golden years in the 21st century, but they have become a serious threat to the Ludogorec crown in the local championship.

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CSKA finished seven points less than Ludogorets last season and 17 goals ahead of its big rival Levski. No matter how decent their campaign was, the board was simply unhappy because they decided to make a change in leadership by appointing Hristo Yanev as a new coach in May this year. He spent the season and the team found a new temporary coach in the face of Nestor El Maestro, who took Spartak Tearava to the title last season.

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Pre-match Facts:

CSKA will be without the two best goalkeepers - Fernando Carranga (sold in China) and Kiril Despodov (injured)

The hosts are in a series of three consecutive draws, winning three of their six controls in the summer

Riga is in a series of six consecutive wins

The guests did not score in three of their last four visits

Last participations of the two teams in Europa League:

As has already become clear, Riga's team will debut in European club tournaments and there is no history in this tournament. CSKA's last participation in Europa League was in the 2014/15 season, when they were eliminated from Moldovan Zimbru after 1: 1 in Sofia and 0: 0 in Chisinau. CSKA has no success in the Europa League in nine consecutive games and is in a series of five consecutive draws as it will now try to put an end to this bad series.

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CSKA - Riga: Forecast

CSKA have high expectations this season of the Europa League and they are huge favorites to eliminate Riga after the two meetings. They had some serious controls before the season, including the duels against Shakhtar Donetsk and Brondby (draws in both), and the "Army" really should have a big advantage and deal with the debutants in the tournament.


A few days before the match CSKA split up with its best player from the 2017/18 Fernandez Karanga season, which was sold in China. The striker Kiril Despodov is also injured for the upcoming match, so the "Army" will have difficulty in attacking. The team, however, has attracted good players such as Dante Stepica (Hajduk Split) Boris Sekulic Slovenian Slovene) and Steven Pereira (Maastricht). We believe the Reds have enough class in their team to defeat Rigga at home and rejoice their supporters.

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Forecast: 1

Odds: 1.45 in WINBET

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CSKA - Riga forecast for the match from the first preliminary round of the Europa League. After years of scandals, Sofia's Red Grand has finally returned to European club tournaments. Will the "Army" succeed in the so-called new European match?

In the following lines we will analyze the performance of both teams, we will look at their results so far and will give our bet and forecast for CSKA Riga.

The rest of our professional football predictions for today can be found on the Reasoned Prediction page.

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Last season CSKA delivered the biggest resistance to champion Ludogorets in the First League, but failed to keep up the pace and lagged behind the title. Still, the Sofia citizens kept their second position in the standings and were eligible to participate in the first preliminary round of the Europa League.


The "Armeans" finished their summer training and performed relatively well in friendly encounters. The team started with success over Etter (2: 0), and then rivals were Varen Nagasaki (3: 0), Ufa (2: 1), Stuttgart Donetsk (0: 0) and Brøndby (3: 3).

Riga is an unfamiliar team for most people. The team competed in the Latvian Championship and last season finished third. The format of the Latvian championship is different and the matches are played from March to November. In the standings, after 14 rounds, the team took second place with nine wins, one draw and four losses.

"Bulgarian Army" stadium will welcome the first home of CSKA in Europe this season. The Reds are coming out against the Latvian Riga FC on Thursday night at 20:45.

Nearly 10,000 will watch live the "Reds" under the guidance of their new coach Nestor El Maestro. The Serbian specialist for the last time worked in the Slovak champion Spartak Tarnava. He is expected to make changes to the CSKA game, especially ahead where the lack of Carangas will be tangible.

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CSKA accepts Riga at its Bulgarian Army stadium in the first match of the first round of the Europa League tournament. The "Armeans" are favorites, given the qualities and ambitions of both teams. The Futbol Tv and Futbolbet forecast is for a sign - 1. MY ... 10.07.18 | 16:59 CSKA sells Caranga in China The "Armenians" will play without some of their main players in the past season. Fernando Caranga's star was sold in China in the days before the match. The Brazilian did not want to continue his career in Bulgaria and that was the reason for his transfer. Another of the main players of the team is questionable about the match. It's about Cyril Despodov. His name has been implicated in transfer speculation in Serbian Partisan. If that turns out to be true, then Despodov becomes the second hardest holder of the previous season, who will not take part in the first Euro challenge of the "Army." The other who will certainly not take part is Stanislav Manolev. The national heals a long time injury that he received during one last Eternal Derby against Levski. Manolev started a light workout a week ago, but was immediately sent to Germany for special procedures. So the attack of the team will probably lead the only remaining striker - the young Todislav Yordanov. Probably Desmond's and Manolev's place on the wing will take Jessie, and on the other side of the attack will be Enrique Rafael, who also heals trauma but is now ready to play. Another option is the new addition Georgino. Other injuries are the fourth goalkeeper Slavi Petrov, Stoycho Atanasov and Alexander Georgiev. "Of course, we have to be ready for the Riga FC match, we expect to win the home match, preferably without a goal, with their coach very good, having experience in the Bundesliga, what I have seen from the previous coach is mostly "We are certainly a better team, but it will be difficult because we do not know how many changes Scripner will make, we must be prepared for everything," said Nestor El Maestro. The rival CSKA in the first round of League Europe FC Riga, has a new senior coach for a week. It's about Victor Scripnik, who throughout his career on the bench was part of Werder Bremen. He even briefly led the representative team of "Bremen Musicians". CSKA - RIGA 2: 1

Prediction for CSKA Sofia - Riga

My top forecast for CSKA Sofia - Riga is: Under 2.5 goals. Efbet offers the best odds for this option at the moment - 1.85.

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CSKA is the better team. But the attack of the Reds is likely to be weakened because of the despondent Despadov and Caranga. Riga is in top condition, in a good series and difficult to win team.

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However, one win for CSKA with 1: 0 or 2: 0 is fully expected. A Efbet offers a 2.10 for Red success at zero.


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CSKA Sofia without its two main blades against Riga?

CSKA Sofia did not lose any of its friendly matches during the preparation. But now they start serious tests in front of the team, which will actually show their level.

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CSKA Sofia has a new coach since summer - the young specialist from Serbia Nestor El Maestro. He wants to look for a more direct and quick way to the enemy door. And such are the current trends.


El Maestro said:

We will play with a team that plays well in static situations. Pretty high and healthy players have. They have a good coach who has experience from Germany. A very defensive team will face us. It is a very important match for them. They will be very motivated, will fight for every meter on the pitch.

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In the summer, new defenders were drawn - Pereira and Sekulic. The goal is clear - strengthening the defense, which caused a lot of mistakes at the end of last season. But Defender Stanislav Manolev is out with an injury.

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And despite media reports on outgoing transfers, CSKA filed for the Europa League Tournament, Fernando Carranga, as well as Kiril Despodov. Karanga, however, is in China for reviews, and Despodov is in question because of an injury.


For this reason, there is a great chance that the attack of the Reds will be entrusted to young Todislav Yordanov. He made an excellent impression on the camp in Austria. In addition, 19 games played and 4 goals scored for the CSKA double in the Second League. Like 28 matches and 5 hits for Litex, again in the second echelon of our football.

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Ilves - Slavia, forecast (12/07/2018)

Riga is in a series of 6 wins at zero!

Riga is a team that was officially set up in 2014 by the reunion of 2 clubs. The team quickly progressed and now has 2 Finals for the Latvian Cup.

The matches with CSKA are the club's Euro-dues. They won the tournament after finishing third in the local championship last year.

Otherwise, the league of Latvia is in full swing. As Riga is in a series of 6 consecutive wins at zero, including the last one for the cup.

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