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Ballkani vs Ludogorets Razgrad betting tips: Champions League first qualifying round first leg preview, predictions and odds

Ballkani vs Ludogorets Razgrad odds and betting statistics



Ballkani vs Ludogorets Razgrad match preview

Ludogorets Razgrad have a formidable record in qualifiers over the last decade or so, making them overwhelming favourites to come through this tie.

Not so long ago, the Eagles had never won a Bulgarian title, but have now won the league 12 seasons in a row, finishing just one point above CSKA Sofia back in May.

In Europe, Ludogorets have featured in nine UEFA group stages in the last ten seasons, ending up in the Europa League in each of the last six

Now, Ivaylo Petev’s team are hoping to go all the way and get back into the Champions League, widely expected to cruise through this clash for starters.

Ballkani though became the first Kosovar club to feature in group phase just last season, overcoming La Fiorita, Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag and Shkupi to get there.

This was very impressive given that Ballkani had never won a European tie before, making their debut just 12 months earlier.

The prize on offer to the winners is a Champions League second qualifying round showdown with Olimpija Ljubljana or Valmiera.

It’s not over for the losers, who will drop into the Europa Conference League second qualifying round, where the losers of Larne vs HJK await.

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