The Three Lions Face Bulgaria in Their Third Match of the 2020 Euros Qualification.
Last updated: September 5, 2019 by Leon Marshal
|Last Meeting:||Bulgaria 0 – 3 England|
England could take a big stride towards Euro 2020 qualification on Saturday, they face winless Bulgaria on home soil. A win against the Eastern European minnows will place them in the driving seat in the group.
Group A leaders England are in a comfortable position with a perfect six after two games, despite all the other teams all having played more games than them. They opened their qualification campaign beating the Czech Republic, who are regarded as their greatest rivals, 5 – 0 and then defeated Montenegro 5 – 1. Manager Gareth Southgate has named a young, energetic squad, including non-caped Maddison, Wan-Bissaka, Mount, and Mings who have kicked of this Premier League season by in emphatic style. Another boost to Southgate is the form of Mason Mount; the 20-year-old has added spark to the Chelsea team with two goals so far in the Premier League. The youngster looks capable of filling the void that was left when Eden Hazard departed for Real Madrid. Tammy Abraham will be feeling the pain of exclusion from the line-up, after his stellar start of the Premier League with four goals in four games. Although Southgate has hinted a call-up is on the cards. The Three Lions have great depth and should be exciting to watch with players such as Sancho, Harry Kane, Rashford and Sterling, who are all in great form. Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling bagged a hat-trick in their 5 – 0 humiliation of Czech Republic and now has five goals in four games in the Premier League, followed by Captain Harry and Rashford who both have two goals. Bulgaria only has two points from four games and would need a good result in this match to improve their chances of qualifying. Two consecutive 1 – 1 draws in their first two opening qualifiers fixtures to Montenegro and Kosovo did not help their cause followed by a 2 – 1 defeat to Czech and 3 – 2 loss to Kosovo. They will be looking to the dangerous Ivelin Popov to show up to upset to the World Cup semi-finalists. A David vs Goliath battle with the Goliath being very steady and confident coming into this match that it feels the opponents don’t stand a chance. However, never underestimate what can happen, this is pretty much a do-or-die tie for Bulgaria.
Harry Winks back in the team after a surprise snub in the UEFA Nations League.
Sancho made an anti-racism statement saying, ‘Racism threatens love for football.’
Kyle Walker is the new squad surprise with the right-back position being the most competitive spot in the team.
Mount, Mings, Maddison, and Wan-Bissaka could make their international debuts.
|England (4-2-3-1):||Pickford, Arnold, Gomez, Maguire, Rose, Rice, Lingard, Sancho, Henderson, Sterling, Kane|
|Subs:||Mount, Alli, Trippier, Wan-Bissaka, Maddison, Mings|
|(4-2-3-1):||Mihayhov, S.Popov, Bozhikov, Goranov, Nedyalkov, Ivanov, Kostadinov, Nedelev, Despodov, Isa, I.Popov|
|Subs:||Zanev, Vutov, Kostov, Dimitrov, Vasile, Evtimov|
So Far This Season
|England This Season||Bulgaria This Season|
|2 (1)||Wins (away)||0 (0)|
|5 – 0 v Czech Republic||Biggest Win||—|
|0 (0)||Draws (away)||2 (1)|
|—||Biggest Defeat||2 – 3 Kosovo|
|Sterling (4)||Top Goal Scorer||I. Popov (2)|
|Y3, R0||Discipline||Y11, R0|
|0||Failures to Score||0|
|50%||Both Teams to Score Games||100%|
|100%||Over 2.5 Goals||50%|
|0%||Under 2.5 Goals||50%|
- England has a good record against Bulgaria. On paper, this should be an easy game.
- Both teams have good scoring records with Bulgaria having scored in each of their four qualifying matches.
- Bulgaria has never won against The Three Lions but need a result to keep their hopes of qualifying for the European Championship.
- England leads the group with just two matches played which is quite remarkable.
Head to Head
|Last 4 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goal-scorer|
|02/09/2011||Euros Qualifying||Bulgaria 0 – 3 England||Cahill 13′|
|03/09/2010||Euros Qualifying||England 4 – 0 Bulgaria||Defoe 3′|
|09/06/1999||Euros Qualifying||Bulgaria 1 – 1 England.||Shearer 14′|
|10/10/1998||Euros Qualifying||England 0 – 0 Bulgaria||—|
Conclusion & Betting Tips
England looks firmly in control of the group with a perfect record. In terms of depth and team form, Bulgaria comes to this match as underdogs. Although they have a good scoring record, they have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four matches, losing two and drawing two. They have however scored a goal in every game and could cause a scare if they score. However, not even the most optimistic supporter of Bulgaria will see anything other than a defeat in this game, and we agree. All things considered, we would back goals and plenty of them, over 2.5 goals could be our minimum bet, over 3.5 is a distinct possibility. The more adventurous of you could also back both teams to score. You can get the best odds at 888sport.