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Bulgarian A League – Update 3rd April 2012

A busy period in the Bulgarian League with 2 games played in the week for each club. CSKA Sofia has opened up a 6pt lead at the top as they continue their excellent form after the winter break. Since losing their first game back, CSKA has now won their last 6, conceding just once and none in their last 5. They beat Pfc Beroe Stara and Vidima Rakovski both 1-0.

Early leaders, Ludogorets suffered their 3rd successive defeat and their first at home, as they went down 0-2 to Cherno More Varna. They then managed to stop the rot as they travelled were up against 3rd placed Levski Sofia. Levski, had just lost, 0-1 to the reigning champions, Litex Lovech. This represented their 2nd successive defeat after a run of 8 straight wins.

Igor Stoyanov put Ludogorets in front in the 36th minute, for what proved to be, the only goal of the game. Three players were sent-off in the final 3 minutes as the home side, Levski, ended up with 9 men.

Levski’s wobble has meant they have been overtaken by Chernomorets Burgas and Litex Lovech. Chernomorets are on a good run, of 1 defeat in their last 14 matches. They earned their 3rd successive win when they thrashed Svetkavitsa, 6-0. Their winning run was halted by a 1-1 draw at Slavia Sofia, but they’re unbeaten in 5 and into 3rd place.

Litex Lovech, winners for the past two seasons, have moved into 4th place, although they’re 7pts off the pace. Like CSKA, they’ve been brilliant since the break. Unbeaten during that period in their 8 matches, as they beat Levski Sofia, 1-0 and then Botev Vratsa, 3-1.

At the bottom, Svetkavitsa look in desperate trouble. Just 7pts from their 22 matches so far and they’re still 10pts from safety. The bottom two clubs go down with the club in 14th competing in a play-off to determine the 3rd relegated club. Kaliakra also looked doomed.

Unbelievably, both clubs picked up a win in the last couple of games. For Svetkavitsa, it was their first win of the season. They beat Kaliakra, 1-0. Kaliakra had just beaten the side immediately above them, Vidima, 3-2 with a goal from Dimitrov in the 90th minute.

Things are looking a little tricky for Lokomotiv Sofia. Four times winners of the Bulgarian League, have 1 win in 10 and just 1pt from their last 6 matches. Back-to-back 0-3 defeats has seen them drop to just above the danger zone.

So, with 8 games to go it looks like CSKA’s title to lose. They are keen to add to their 31 championships, as they have seen rival clubs win the past 3 titles. For a club so successful domestically, 1 title in the past 7 is not good enough. The battle could all be about the two Europa League places with 4 clubs in contention at the moment



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