Europa League Preview: PSV vs. Ludogorets

Updated: September 13, 2013

For avid football fans and online bookies, the Europa League is one of their most anticipated international tournaments. While it sits one notch lower than the Champions League, the UEFA-administered event still makes a substantial following from a spectrum of fan bases worldwide. On September 19, two of the most popular clubs in Europe, Ludogorets and PSV, will launch their battle in the competition. This should entice fans across the globe to pay focus on the event and make it a talk of the town.


The Bulgarian powerhouse

Ludogorets Razgrad had a magnificent run in the Champions League qualifying rounds, until they were eliminated to the Europa League after Basel thrashed them in the playoffs on congregate scoring 2-6. In the second qualifying stage—a ticket obtained by the club after championing the Bulgarian top-flight league—Ludogorets conquered Slovan Bratislava after turning around a 2-1 deficit in the first leg with a massive 0-3 retaliation score in the second league. Their success further advanced in the following round, where Serbian Partizan succumbed to the Bulgarian side on a congregate score of 3-1. If not for their Basel downfall, Stoycho Stoev’s men would have been able to qualify for the group stage. Nonetheless, the Europa League will still serve as a good refuge to heal their wounds. The UEFA-controlled event should give them enough opportunities to rise above their recent debacle.


The Dutch heroes

Like their opponents, Eredivisie runners up PSV Eindhoven originally played in the Champions League. They were highly successful during the third qualifying round where they slammed Zulte Waregem on a substantial 5-0 congregate score. However, their stint in Europe’s most anticipated tournament was abruptly axed after Milan showed them some genius tactics and brought them down on 0-3 and 0-2 wins both in the first and second legs of the playoffs round. This drove the Dutch squad to join the Europa League’s group stage, brushing shoulders with fellow Group B members Dinamo Zagreb, Chornomorets Odesa, and of course, their current rivals Ludogorets. Phillip Cocu’s are now aiming for an appearance in the tournament’s knockout phase and hopefully, in the higher stages as well.


Online betting tips: While it was a painful circumstance to be eliminated in the Champions League, PSV and Ludogorets have to find a silver lining to help them re-establish their reputation. The Europa League is one great opportunity to do that, and exhausting all their resources will be necessary to advance in the competition. For this fixture, the Dutch side seem to be showing more potential at finishing their stint successful. This is not to trivialize the Bulgarian side’s abilities, but PSV are just much more convincing as champions.


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