The differences between these two sides were clearly evident during the 1st leg match, and if there were to be a winner, it would have to be Marítimo.
The Portuguese side even got close to getting the win in the last 15 minutes, since they had good chances to grab the win, but it just didn’t happen.
Even with less time to prepare and an inferior physical condition, Marítimo showed superiority, and I think that with an extra week, things will only get better for the islanders.
Botev comes into this match after getting smashed 6-2 by CSKA Sofia, in a match where, even though they rested some players, we can have a good feel of what this team is or isn’t capable of.
We know how strong Marítimo is at home, and they’re on a 15 game streak without a single loss as host, and that is against Portuguese league sides, who are, most of them, better than this Botev side! I don’t see any other result other than a Marítimo win here. B
esides that I expect 2 goals from the Portuguese side, so they can relax and not have to worry about that Bulgarian goal, which would eliminate them.
Maritimo vs Botev Pick:
Therefore, I’m extremely confident on a Marítimo win, and I’m also confident in them scoring Over 1.5 Team goals, but I’m going with the safer option.