Match date: 07 Dec 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: UEFA Europa League
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: Ludogorets AH 0
| Match result:
1-1 - Draw
Hoffenheim welcomes Ludogoretz in the last round of the Europa League. Hoffenheim is already out of the competition while Ludogoretz needs only a draw. They may well pass with a loss if Basaksehir doesn`t win over Braga but that is not the way to approach this game.
Hoffenheim played poorly this competittion. Some was for the lack of experience and some probably for the lack of motivation. Champions League was their big mark and Europa League just didn`t sit well with the players it seems. Today the regulars will be given a rest so maybe the reserves will be more motivated.
Ludogorets has all the experience in CL and Europa League. They play these european matches with guts whatever the competition is. Now they have a great oportunity to be second in the group and go further. Ludogorets plays well in Europa and have lost just once away in this competition. From the 9 away matches Ludo has lost just to Valencia in 2014 while has picked up 5 wins and 3 draws.
In this group they had a wondeful chance to go threw at home vs Basaksehir but they were to reserved and played for a draw. It cost them a 2:1 loss. Hopefully they have learned from that and will go for a win today.
Hoffenheim will for sure miss today Szalai, Demirbay, Wagner and Vogt.
Projected lineup is: Gregor Kobel - Justin Hoogma, Ermin Bicakcic, Havard Nordtveit - Eugen Polanski - Felix Passlack, Robert Zulj, Johannes Bühler, Philipp Ochs - Meris Skenderovic, Robin Hack.
Even is some regular is in the lineup it will only be a few. The league matches are more important now.
Ludogorets is without Stoyanov. Others are available.
I pick Ludogorets to be bold today. They have the quality to win this for sure.