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CSKA Sofia vs Basel betting tips: Europa Conference League Play-off Round First Leg preview, predictions and odds

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Match preview

FC Basel are familiar faces in European football, so will they qualify for yet another UEFA group stage?

So far, RotBlau have won two ties to get this far, easing past Crusaders before, just about, ousting Brøndby.

In the previous round, they actually lost 1-0 in Brøndbyvester, meaning a 2-1 victory at St. Jakob-Park forced a penalty shootout.

The Danish club missed three of their four spot-kicks, with Andy Diouf, Dan Ndoye and Darian Males scoring to send Basel through.

To date, the Swiss side have qualifed for eight Champions League and four Europa League group stages.

Last season, they reached the round of 16 in the Europa Conference League and, having now not won the title for five seasons, this tournament is the hight of their aspirations again.

The Reds also appeared in the Europa Conference League last season, their fifth group stage overall and second in as many seasons.

This year, they’ve hammered Makedonija Ǵorče Petrov before edging out St Patrick’s Athletic.

In the previous round, CSKA were actually beaten in Sofia but, last Thursday, goals from Maurício Garcez and Ivan Turitsov in Dublin turned the tie on its head.

In this one, will Basel leave Bulgaria in control of the tie?

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