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Astana vs Ludogorets Razgrad betting tips: Europa League third qualifying round first leg preview, predictions and odds

Astana vs Ludogorets Razgrad odds and betting statistics

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Astana vs Ludogorets Razgrad match preview

After both were dumped out of Champions League qualifying last mid-week, who will get their European campaign back on track?

Astana were absolutely hammered in the previous round, smashed 6-0 by GNK Dinamo Zagreb, beaten 4-0 in Croatia and then 2-0 in Nur-Sultan a week ago.

The Kazakh champions reached a UEFA group stage in five successive seasons between 2015 and 2019, desperately hoping to get back to one for the first time in four years this time round.

Ludogorets Razgrad meantime were dumped out of the Champions League by Olimpija Ljubljana in very dramatic fashion.

Olimpija found the crucial go-ahead goal in the 92nd minute, moving ahead 3-2 on aggregate, before, in the 12th minute of injury time, Ludogorets were awarded a penalty, but Kiril Despodov’s effort was saved.

So, the Bulgarian champions will not be ending their seven-year wait for Champions League qualification, but Ivaylo Petev’s team are under pressure to take the Eagles into a group stage for a tenth consecutive season.

The winners of this tie will take on Ajax in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.

The losers drop into the Europa Conference League play-off round, where they’ll meet Partizani Tirana or Valmiera.

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