St Pat’s take on Bulgarian outfit CSKA Sofia in their Europa Conference League third qualifying round, second leg tie this week. Here’s all you need to know about the match.
Where and when is it on?
Thursday’s match takes place at Tallaght Stadium with a 7.45pm kick-off.
What’s the team news?
We’ll bring you team news from both camps when we have it.
Who are CSKA Sofia?
The most decorated side in Bulgarian football, CSKA has won a record 31 Bulgarian titles and 21 Bulgarian Cups.
They’re also the only Bulgarian club to have reached the semi-finals of the European Cup, in 1967 and 1982, and they also reached the semi-final of the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup in 1989.
What to read on Independent.ie?
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Meanwhile, Sean O’Connor examined the permutations and riches on offer for progression in Europe.
Where can I watch the match?
The game is being shown live on terrestrial TV with RTE News starting coverage at 7.40pm. The game will also be available to stream on the RTE player.
What are the odds?
Despite their first leg defeat , CSKA are favourites at Evens with the Saints 13/5 and the draw priced at 21/10.
What’s the latest from the Pat’s camp?
“The more games they are playing, the more belief they are getting. To come out here and stick to the game-plan in the way we did, is testament to them. CSKA are a very good team. We defended brilliantly and took the chance we got.
“Certainly, it gives us a little more belief going into next Thursday. For us to get through is going to take an effort from everyone.”