Basel and CSKA Sofia face at St. Jakob ‑ Park, in a match for the Europa League (Play ‑ offs). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between the two teams, who have not played a game in the past 3 years. The last time they met, on 05‑11‑2009, the match ended with the final score: Basel (3‑1) CSKA Sofia. In this match the home advantage may play an important role, since CSKA Sofia presents significant differences between home and away performances.
The home team comes to this stage of the Europa League (Play ‑ offs) after having played in previous qualifiers with: Anorthosis and Osijek. This is a team that maintains its performance when playing away from its stadium, since in the last 30 games it registers 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; against 8 wins, 4 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the Super League, they lost against Servette by (1‑0). Basel has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2 of the last 10 home matches. Defensive solidity has not been their strong point, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 games, but their offense has scored regularly, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games.
Basel comes into this match after a 1-0 defeat on the trip to the Servette field, in a game counting for the Swiss Championship. It is important to remember that the home team reaches this stage of the Europa League after beating Osijek by 1-2, and Anorthosis Famagusta, by 3-2. The team coached by Ciriaco Sforza should act on the attack from the first minutes, taking advantage of all the opponent's weaknesses. In addition, Basel must use the left aisle especially to create danger, largely because of the individual quality of wingman Valentin Stocker: he is a very fast and strong player in transporting the ball to the attack. Out of this game are Luca Zuffi and Kuzmanovic, both injured.
Until reaching this stage of the Europa League (Play ‑ offs), the
visiting team eliminated: B36, BATE and Sirens. This is a stronger team
when playing at their stadium, as in the last 30 games they have
recorded 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 10 wins and 5
draws at their stadium. The team arrives in this match after an away
defeat against Lokomotiv Plovdiv by (2‑1). In the last 10 away matches
in all competitions, CSKA Sofia won 3, drawn 5 and lost 2. The team
allowed the opponent goals in 8 of the last 10 games, so their defense
needs to improve, but their attack has scored with great regularity,
since he has always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In
their away matches there is a tendency for goals, since 8 of the last 19
matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 15
matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have only turned
the score around in 1. There are 1 periods that stand out in the last 5
matches played as a visitor to all competitions: they have suffered 5 of
their 6 goals between minutes (31' ‑ 45 ').
CSKA Sofia comes unmotivated for this match after a 2-1 defeat on the trip to Lok Plovdiv, in a game counting for the Bulgarian Championship. It should be noted that the Bulgarians beat B36 3-1 in the last round of the Europa League. In this match against Basel, coach Stamen Belchev should play in the usual 4-3-3 with Graham Carey, Georgi Yomov and Ali Sowe as the visiting team's offensive references: the latter is very competent in the aerial game. All players are available for this game.
FC Basel 1893 wins 1st half in 39% of their matches, PFC CSKA Sofia in 30% of their matches.
FC Basel 1893 wins 39% of halftimes, PFC CSKA Sofia wins 30%.
Both teams lost their last match.
PFC CSKA Sofia's performance of the last 5 matches is better than FC Basel 1893's.
In UEFA Europa League, FC Basel 1893 has better performance than PFC CSKA Sofia.
The winner of their last meeting was FC Basel 1893.
On their last meeting FC Basel 1893 won by 2 goals.
FC Basel 1893 scores 1.96 goals when playing at home and PFC CSKA Sofia scores 1.28 goals when playing away (on average).
When FC Basel 1893 leads 1-0 at home, they win in 73% of their matches.
When PFC CSKA Sofia leads 0-1 away, they win in 100% of their matches.
When FC Basel 1893 is down 0-1 home, they win 14% of their matches.
When PFC CSKA Sofia is down 1-0 away, they win 16% of their matches.
FC Basel 1893 have conceded a goal in each of their last 8 matches.
PFC CSKA Sofia have scored at least one goal for 14 consecutive matches.