Thursday, May 23, 2024

Prediction: Shamrock Rovers vs Ludogorets

Verdict: Ludogorets draw no bet

Best Odds: 7/10

Bookmaker: Unibet

Simply looking to finish off the job in midweek and extend on their Champions League qualifying adventure, Ludogorets will make the trip to Shamrock Rovers on Tuesday night.

Shamrock Rovers

Starting with the hosts, coming off the back of a first-leg hammering out in Bulgaria last week, Shamrock Rovers will know that they need a real miracle here. Eventually blown away thanks to a 3-0 drumming at the hands of Ludogorets, the Irish champions also failed to pick up any real momentum a few days ago. Missing out on what they would have tipped as a golden chance as they had to settle for a sluggish 1-1 draw at home against Drogheda, Stephen Bradley’s men have now failed to win any of their last three matchups across all formats. However, still holding a commanding buffer at the top of the Premier Division table, Shamrock should be boosted by their continued success on home soil. Despite the minor slip-up against Drogheda last weekend, it should be noted that the Rovers are unbeaten in each of their previous 21 straight fixtures at Tallaght Stadium throughout 2022.

Team News

Still dealing with a knock, Shamrock are expected to be without Jack Byrne on Tuesday night.

Likewise, Rory Gaffney will miss out here as the 32-year-old serves a suspension.

Ludogorets

As for the visitors, laying down that first-leg marker on home soil last week as they breezed their way to that 3-0 victory, Ludogorets are simply looking to finish off the job here. Although the Bulgarian champions might have been disappointed to have only collected their own single point over the weekend thanks to a 2-2 draw away at CSKA Sofia, Head Coach Ante Šimundža should find the mood in his camp at a high. Opening up their domestic campaign by mustering seven points from their first three top-flight outings, the Greens are enjoying a summer purple patch. Along with friendly victories during their pre-season run against the likes of German outfit Nurnberg, Ludogorets have really clicked in the final third. Racking up seven goals in their last three competitive contests, Tuesday’s guests make the trip to Ireland in midweek firmly sat in pole position to extend on their Champions League qualifying adventure.

Team News

Ludogorets have already confirmed that the duo of Claude Gonçalves and Dominik Yankov will miss out on Tuesday night.

Likewise, also set to serve his own suspension here, defender Neuciano Gusmão will not feature.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When the two sides faced off in Bulgaria last week, Ludogorets picked up a first-leg 3-0 victory.
    • Shamrock Rovers have failed to win any of their previous three matchups across all formats.
    • However, the Irish champions are unbeaten at Tallaght Stadium throughout 2022.
    • Ludogorets have bagged seven strikes in their last three matchups across all formats.
    • Likewise, Tuesday’s guests are unbeaten in each of their previous seven outings, racking up six victories.

    Conclusion

    Breezing their way to a first-leg 3-0 victory against Shamrock when they welcomed the Irish giants to Bulgaria last week, there is no doubt that Ludogorets will simply want to avoid a public banana skin here. Sat in pole position to extend on their Champions League qualifying adventure in midweek, the Greens have enjoyed an eye-catching summer run. Watching the Rovers have to settle for a sluggish 1-1 draw at home against Drogheda a few days ago, Shamrock have failed to win any of their last three matchups across all formats. Although Tuesday’s hosts might have continued to gain a reputation for their rugged displays on home soil, we’re backing an away draw no bet here.

    Verdict: Ludogorets draw no bet

    Best Odds: 7/10

    Bookmaker: Unibet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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