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Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds
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Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips

This article covers Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips and predictions, and these are the betting odds.

o – Northern Ireland 10/11

o – Draw 21/10

o – Bulgaria 18/5

Note: All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

 

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria: Match details

Match: Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria

Competition: WC Qualification, UEFA

Date: March 31, 2021

Kick-off time: 7:45 pm, March 31, 2021 (UK time)

Stadium: Windsor Park – Belfast, Northern Ireland

 

Betting prediction: Northern Ireland 1-1 Bulgaria

Belfast is the venue for a clash between Northern Ireland and Bulgaria that features two national sides that are very much on the outside looking in. Neither side is expected to finish in the top two in Group C ahead of either Italy or Switzerland. A loss for either side here all but guarantees another missed opportunity to qualify for a World Cup and on the back of that, a more open game could be on the cards but there is no way to be sure. Both sides struggle for goals in any consistent measure so a draw could be a decent bet.

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To Score Anytime: Kyle Lafferty

The odds of there being a high volume of goals when these two countries clash in Belfast are slim. In fact, a 0-0 draw would not be surprising either though I have tipped both to at least convert one chance each. If that holds true, banking on Kyle Lafferty being amongst any of the goal-scoring exploits could be a good shout considering he is one of only two players who have any considerable goal return for either side. Twenty goals in over 80 appearances is hardly a wonderful return, but other than Steven Davis’ twelve in 125 outings, goal contributions are at an absolute premium for either country.

Result/Both Teams to Score: Draw – Yes

I may be giving both teams too much of a benefit of the doubt here, but the only other outcome here is a narrow 1-0 win to either side. That could very easily still occur, but the recent history of both sides deploying in a back three or back five formation shows a tactical timidity that could hamper both sides from coming away with three points overall. Either way, it would be difficult to see either side finding more than the single goal, whether if it ended in a draw or a three-point haul.

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria: What are the betting odds?

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria – recent form and head to head statistics

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria form
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Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria - 0:0
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Northern Ireland vs USA - 1:2
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Italy vs Northern Ireland - 2:0
d
Northern Ireland vs Romania - 1:1
l
Austria vs Northern Ireland - 2:1
Latest match form, last 5 games:
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Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria - 0:0
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Bulgaria vs Italy - 0:2
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Bulgaria vs Switzerland - 1:3
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Ireland vs Bulgaria - 0:0
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Bulgaria vs Finland - 1:2
Last 5 games for Northern Ireland
March 31, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria
March 28, 2021 Int. Friendly Games 2021 Northern Ireland 1 - 2 USA
March 25, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Italy 2 - 0 Northern Ireland
November 18, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Northern Ireland 1 - 1 Romania
November 15, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Austria 2 - 1 Northern Ireland
Last 5 games for Bulgaria
March 31, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria
March 28, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Bulgaria 0 - 2 Italy
March 25, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Bulgaria 1 - 3 Switzerland
November 18, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria
November 15, 2020 UEFA Nations League 20/21 Bulgaria 1 - 2 Finland
Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 form
Northern Ireland Bulgaria
2 Matches played 3
0 Matches won 0
20 Goal attempts 10
6 Shots on goal 4
8 Shots off goal 3
17 Corner kicks 3
53% Average ball possession 34%
6 Shots blocked 3
5 Cards given 7
37 Free kicks 61
3 Offsides 6
1 Shots on post 1
2 Goals conceded 5
0 Goals by foot 1
0 Goals scored 1
Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria statistics for most recent head to head matches
Northern Ireland Bulgaria
3 Matches 3
2 Home Matches 1
1 Away Matches 2
0 Total Goals 0
0 Average Goals Scored 0
2 Wins 0
0 Losses 2
1 Draws 1
Last 5 games & match results between Northern Ireland and Bulgaria
March 31, 2021 WC Qualification, UEFA 2022 Northern Ireland 0 - 0 Bulgaria
May 2, 1979 Euro Cup 1980, Qualification Northern Ireland 2 - 0 Bulgaria
November 29, 1978 Euro Cup 1980, Qualification Bulgaria 0 - 2 Northern Ireland


 

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria: Match preview

FIFA Ranking: 45

Key Players: Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Jonny Evans, Niall McGinn, Paddy McNair

Latest Result: 2-1 loss to the United States (friendly)

Northern Ireland shocked the continent when they not only qualified for Euro 2016 but managed to get past the group stage and into the knockout round as one of the best third-placed sides. Their spirited 1-0 loss to another shock contestant in Wales endeared themselves to many a neutral, but not since then have Northern Ireland achieved much on the international stage. And, in blunt fairness, they achieved little before that either.

It is a weird reality to consider when the nation of George Best and Pat Jennings has only qualified for three out of eighteen World Cup’s they have been eligible for. Being on the fringes and existing in relative obscurity has been the harsh truth when it comes to the Green and White Army, and it is hard to picture them qualifying for 2022 in Qatar; which would be their first appearance since 1986.

Their recent 2-1 loss to the United States, and 2-0 ousting by Group C rivals Italy, showed some semblance of life, however. No one would fault the Italy loss, and staying in the match against the US – while creating as many chances – is a decent performance despite the result. They have also drawn Romania (twice) and the Netherlands in the last six months, while also beating the Czech Republic, and Bosnia Herzegovina as well. In truth, though they may be very much on the outside looking in, Northern Ireland can still give a good account of themselves over the entire qualifying program, and probably should be finishing third behind Italy and Switzerland.

It won’t be enough to get them into the World Cup, but a decent cycle could set up some long-term options moving forward. Regardless, their clash with Bulgaria is surely viewed as a must-win fixture.

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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FIFA Ranking: 68

Key Players: Kiril Despodov, Georgi Kostadinov, Petar Zanev, Valentin Antov, Georgi Yomov

Latest Result: 2-0 loss to Italy (Group C qualifying)

A former semi-finalist at USA ’94, Bulgaria once boasted solid pedigree on the world stage, qualifying for seven out of ten World Cup tournaments between 1962 and 1998. Since that summer in France, Bulgaria has ceased to be able to make its mark on the international stage. Though they qualified for Euro 2004, they lost all three group stage matches and ended the tournament with a -8 goal difference.

Gone are the days of Hristo Stoichkov, Krasimir Balakov, Dimitar Berbatov, Stilian Petrov, and Martin Petrov; a time where Bulgarian players reached the highest levels of the game in Europe. Today, Lavovete lacks the bite worthy of a lion. No player in their current national team set-up has scored more than three international goals. They have also failed to win two matches on the bounce in going-on three years, and even more so than Northern Ireland, are hardly expected to have a role to play in the landscaping of Group C play.

Already being downed by both Italy and Switzerland to start their qualifying campaign, anything less than a win against Northern Ireland will end their campaign before it even reaches the halfway mark. And there is no guarantee that the small cadre of young(er) players coming through the ranks will be given a chance to truly prove themselves either. Ilian Iliev, Valentin Antov, and Andrea Hristov are a handful of players 22-years-old or younger than could be a bright part of Bulgaria’s future, but will manager Yasen Petrov be willing to turn to them enough to blood them during a campaign where little is expected of them in preparation for Euro 2024 qualifying? Time will tell, but until then, damage control is seemingly all that is expected.


 

Northern Ireland team news vs Bulgaria

Ian Baraclough should have a fully fit and available squad to choose from when Northern Ireland host Bulgaria in Belfast on Wednesday.

The Green and White Army should line-up similar to the side that faced Italy in their opening group C qualifier despite squaring-off against the United States in a friendly on Sunday.

Bulgaria team news vs Northern Ireland

Yasen Petrov may still be without Ludogorets and former Bulgarian youth international sensation Kiril Despodov for their trip to Belfast, with the winger being subbed-off early in the second half against Switzerland while failing to even make the bench against Italy.

Other than Despodov, Petrov should have the all-clear regarding his matchday XI and looks likely to deploy in a back three/five once more.


 

 

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Bulgaria

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

 

Predicted Bulgaria line-up vs Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

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Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria betting tips: Preview, predictions & odds

What time is kick off between Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria?
18:45, Wednesday 31 March 2021
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Northern Ireland 1-1 Bulgaria