Bulgaria vs England betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview & predictions

Bulgaria vs England prediction: Bulgaria 0-3 England

A rare set-back for England.

On Friday night, their 100% record in qualifying was ended with a shock defeat.

Nevertheless, Gareth Southgate’s side are still in pole position to qualify for Euro 2020 so will they bounce back in Sofia?

Highlights of Czech Republic 2-1 England

Highlights of England 4-0 Bulgaria

Bulgaria vs England: Who will win?

Bulgaria are huge odds at 12/1 to inflict more misery on England.

The Three Lions meanwhile are odds on at 2/9 to get back to winning ways.

Even a draw would be a major upset and that is 9/2.

Over 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score no is 4/7.

England to win and over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

England to win and to keep a clean sheet is 8/11.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 22: Raheem Sterling of England celebrates as he scores his team’s fourth goal and completes his hat trick during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between England and Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2019 in London, United Kingdom.. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Ivelin Popov is by far the top scorer in the Bulgaria squad with 16 international goals. The FC Rostov man is 14/1 to open the scoring and 5/1 to score anytime.

Marcelinho is one of two naturalised-Brazilians in their squad. He is 18/1 to break the deadlock and 13/2 to add to his two international goals.

Harry Kane is now the top scorer in Group A with seven goals. He is 21/10 to score first and 8/13 to score again.

Raheem Sterling is one behind on six goals in these qualifiers. He is 10/3 to open the scoring and 23/20 to score anytime.

Both Marcelinho and Wanderson to score is 59/1.

Both Bozhidar Kraev and Popov to score is 60/1.

Both Sterling and Kane to score is 14/5.

Both Jadon Sancho and Sterling to score is 5/1.

Both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Harry Maguire to score is 85/1.

Bulgaria vs England: Match preview

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ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

It’s fair to say this qualification campaign has not gone to plan for Bulgaria.

They began with back to back 1-1 draws in March.

A very soft penalty was needed, converted by Todor Nedelev, to hold Montenegro at home.

Then, three days later, Vasil Bozhikov put them in front but they once again could only draw, this time in Kosovo.

Those results saw Petar Hubchev lose his job with Krasimir Balakov coming in as the new Head Coach.

However, their fortunes have not improved despite this managerial change.

In June, they went 1-0 up in Prague but lost 2-1 to the Czech Republic, then conceded a stoppage time goal in a 3-2 home defeat to Kosovo.

In September, they were swept aside at Wembley before finally ending their run of loses last time out.

On Friday night, Bulgaria drew 0-0 in Podgorica with Montenegro.

That leaves those two sides both on three points and both out of contention to qualify.

However, all hope is not lost.

Last year, they won their first three Nations League matches which helped them to second place in League C2.

That means they finished fifth in the League C overall rankings so they’re guaranteed a play-off place.

However, they are currently winless in ten so would go into those play-offs with no form at all.

Can they get a statement win over a European heavyweight to boost morale?

Will England get back on track?

PODGORICA, MONTENEGRO – MARCH 25: Ross Barkley of England (L) celebrates with Callum Hudson-Odoi after scoring his team’s second goal during the 2020 UEFA European Championships Group A qualifying match between Montenegro and England at Podgorica City Stadium on March 25, 2019 in Podgorica, Montenegro. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

As for England, they suffered a rare defeat on Friday night.

Despite taking the lead through Harry Kane’s penalty in just the fifth minute, England were abysmal and lost 2-1 in Prague to the Czech Republic.

That was their first defeat for ten years and one day in qualifiers, ending a run of 43 matches.

Prior to that, this campaign had been all too easy.

They’d beaten the Czechs 5-0 at Wembley and Montenegro 5-1 away before back-to-back home wins 4-0 over Bulgaria and 5-3 against Kosovo.

However, Monday night could be a timely reminder that they still have work to do before they can consider themselves part of Europe’s elite.

In the context of this group, they will qualify with a win in Sofia and if Kosovo fail to beat Montenegro.

That is unlikely and England still look set to qualify sooner rather than later, but still have a job to do.

Surely England will outclass Bulgaria.

Bulgaria team news vs England

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

The visitors do not have the superstars of yesteryear with 15 of their 23 man squad plying their trade in the Bulgarian First League.

That includes goalkeeper Plamen Iliev who has recently taken over as first choice from Nikolay Mihaylov.

In defence, they’re without Strahil Popov, Vasil Bozhikov, Ivan Bandalovski and Nikolay Bodurov.

So, at right-back, Georgi Pashov will start in Popov’s absence.

Petar Zanev, Kristian Dimitrov and Anton Nedyalkov will make up the back four.

In midfield, there’s no Georgi Milanov, Todor Nedelev or Georgi Iliev.

Kristiyan Malinov and Brazilian born Marcelinho will play deeper in midfield.

Another naturalised-Brazilian Wanderson will also start, he’ll be wide left.

Captain Ivelin Popov will be in the number ten role.

He’s scored 16 international goals which is five more than the other 22 members of the squad combined.

Bozhidar Kraev is expected to lead the line, chosen over Kiril Despodov and Ismail Isa.

Can this side cause a huge upset at Vasil Levski National Stadium?

England team news vs Bulgaria

Mason Mount of England during UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier between England and Bulgaria at Wembley stadium in London, England on September 07, 2019 (Photo by Action Foto Sport/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

As for England, after a horrific performance on Friday, changes are expected.

There won’t be a change in goal though as Jordan Pickford will start for the 19th competitive match in a row.

In defence, Kieran Trippier, Michael Keane and Danny Rose all started in Prague and are all likely to drop out here.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Ben Chilwell will come in to join Harry Maguire in defence.

Many would argue that this is England’s best back four.

In midfield, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice are likely to be given another opportunity.

It’ll be either Mason Mount or Ross Barkley alongside them with James Maddison unavailable and Dele and Jesse Lingard left out of the squad.

Mount made his full-international debut in the Czech Republic and should keep his place.

Despite the fact they created very little on Monday, it’s expected to be the same front three.

Sterling has six goals in Euro qualifying and Kane has seven.

Also, no player has scored more penalties (excluding shootouts) for England than Harry Kane’s nine.

Jadon Sancho is expected to continue alongside them, chosen over Marcus Rashford.

If England had already qualified, Tammy Abraham might get an opportunity but he’s likely remain on the bench.

For now.

Surely this XI will easily beat Bulgaria.

Predicted Bulgaria line-up vs England

Predicted Bulgaria line-up vs England

Predicted Bulgaria line-up vs England.

Predicted England line-up vs Bulgaria

Predicted England line-up vs Bulgaria

Predicted England line-up vs Bulgaria.

Highlights of England 5-0 Czech Republic

Highlights of Montenegro 1-5 England

Highlights of England 5-3 Kosovo

Highlights of England 1-3 Netherlands

Highlights of England 0-0 Switzerland

The latest tweets from Bulgaria pre England

The latest tweets from England pre Bulgaria

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

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