Ludogorets: the Bulgarian champions were able to reach the group stage of the Champions League last season,
where they even had some positive results, such as the 2-2 draw at PSG or the 1-1 draw away against Basel.
They have played positive football with good transitions and they also showed that they can be a dangerous team. In this team, there is a lot of Brazilian talent, so they also have a pretty good technique.
This season, they have beaten Zalgiris on the previous qualifying round, since after they lost 2-1 away from home, they came back and won 4-1 at home, turning around the tie.
On their domestic league, they have 4 points in 2 matches. Ludogorets even had some favouritism in this round, but they lost 2-0 at Israel, so their chances to go through aren’t looking very bright now.
Hapoel Beeer Sheva: They are Israel’s champions and currently the best time on Israeli football. They haven’t started their domestic league yet, but they also played in the last qualifying round for this Champions League, where they’ve eliminated Honved from Hungary with a 2-1 win at home and a 3-2 win away.
On this team, we have the Portuguese central defender Miguel Vítor who is their main defensive reference. We also have Nigerian midfielder Ogu who also played in Portugal and Isaac Cuenca, who played in Barcelona.
On the 1st leg, they won 2-0 in a close match, but they were superior and ended up being a deserved winner in that match.
Ludogorets vs Hapoel Pick:
Ludogorets lost 2-0 in the 1st leg and now they are forced to chase this disadvantage at home.
I believe this can be hard to turn around, since the Israeli will be defending hard, with low lines and trying to enforce a slow pace, but Ludogorets has good players in the final third of the pitch who definitely can make a difference in this match.
I expect a strong opening from Ludogorets who will try to score at least 1 goal in the 1st half to maintain their hopes of eliminating the Israeli and going through to the next round.
Therefore, I expect at least a goal in the 1st half, because this is all or nothing for the Bulgarians and I think the ball will eventually go in during the first 45 minutes.