England vs Bulgaria prediction: England 5-0 Bulgaria
Two matches, two wins in UEFA European Championship qualification for England.
Gareth Southgate’s side were always likely to cruise through this group and this should be another emphatic win at Wembley.
One year to go until #Euro2020!
— England (@England) June 12, 2019
Highlights of England 5-0 Czech Republic
Highlights of Montenegro 1-5 England
England vs Bulgaria: Who will win?
England are overwhelming odds on favourites at 1/12 to win this one.
Bulgaria have not won any of their last seven matches and are a huge 22/1 to change that.
A draw, which would still be a major surprise, is 8/1.
Over 2.5 goals is 2/5.
Both teams to score no is 1/3.
England to win and over 2.5 goals is 4/11.
England to win and over 3.5 goals is 10/11.
England to win and over 4.5 goals is 2/1.
Harry Kane is the top scorer in the squad with 22 including ten since the start of 2018. He is 9/5 to break the deadlock but 2/5 to add to his tally.
Raheem Sterling scored a hat-trick in England’s last game at Wembley. He is 3/1 to open the scoring and 10/11 to get his ninth England goal.
Ivelin Popov has 15 goals for his country. He is 33/1 to score first and 10/1 to get his second of this campaign.
Both Sterling and Kane to score is 11/5.
Both Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho to score is 10/3.
Both Harry Maguire and James Maddison to score is 22/1.
Both Kiril Despodov and Ivelin Popov to score is 600/1.
England vs Bulgaria: Match preview
It’s been all too easy for England so far in Euro 2020 qualifying.
The Three Lions began at home against the next highest ranked side in Group A, Czech Republic.
However, the gulf in quality between the two was evident for all to see.
A Raheem Sterling hat-trick as well as a Harry Kane penalty and then an own goal sealed an emphatic 5-0 victory.
Then, three days later, they were in Podgorica; a city they had never won in.
It looked as though it would be a difficult evening when Montenegro took the lead after just 18 minutes.
But England roared back.
Michael Keane’s first ever England goal levelled up the scores before a brace from Ross Barkley and another goal each for Sterling and Kane secured a 5-1 drubbing.
England were always likely to ease through this group and they’re expected to keep their 100% record in tact here.
Although, it was not so easy in the summer as they travelled to Portugal for the UEFA Nations League Finals.
In the semi-final at Estádio D. Afonso Henriques, England led after half an hour through Marcus Rashford’s penalty.
But, Netherlands equalised in the second half before going on to win 3-1 after extra time.
That meant England were forced to stay in Guimarães for the third-place play-off against Switzerland.
That match finished goalless so went to a penalty shootout.
Maguire, Barkley, Sancho, Sterling, Pickford and Dier all scored from the spot to secure the bronze medal.
This side will be hoping to go one better than the semi-finals at next summer’s Euros.
First though, of course, they must qualify so will they stay top of the group with another win here?
Can Bulgaria get their first win of qualification?
As for Bulgaria, it looks unlikely that they will make it to a first major finals since Euro 2004.
Back in March, they needed an 82nd minute penalty from Todor Nedelev to salvage a 1-1 draw at home to Montenegro.
Then, three days later, they drew 1-1 again this time in Kosovo; Vasil Bozhikov opening the scoring for them.
They then had a miserable June.
Despite taking a third minute lead through Ismail Isa, Bulgaria were beaten 2-1 in the Czech Republic.
On matchday four, they let in a 93rd minute goal so slumped to a 3-2 home defeat to the lowest ranked side in the group Kosovo.
That leaves them bottom on two points despite the fact they’re one of two teams to have played four matches and they have not played group leaders England yet.
This may not be as catastrophic as it first appears though as they could get a play-off place via the UEFA Nations League.
In that competition, they did get off to a flier beating Slovenia away and then Cyprus and Norway at home.
But, they then did not win any of their final three matches so finished second in League C3, two points behind Norway.
That means they finished fifth in the overall League C standings.
So, Bulgaria will get a play-off place if one or more of Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Finland qualify automatically.
That is not guaranteed to happen but it is possible.
Thus, even though they look out the running in this group, it’s important for Bulgaria to build some momentum.
Can they cause a huge shock at Wembley?
England team news vs Bulgaria
It’s a sign of England’s strength in depth that eight or nine potential starters are not even in the squad and yet, Southgate has a plethora of options to choose from.
As always Jordan Pickford will be in goal; he’s started England’s last 15 competitive internationals.
In defence, there is no Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Kyle Walker, John Stones or Luke Shaw.
At right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to get the nod over Kieran Trippier.
Harry Maguire, Joe Gomez and Ben Chilwell are likely to make up the back four with Tyrone Mings awaiting his international debut.
Ahead of them, Declan Rice will continue to anchor the midfield.
Jordan Henderson could win his 52nd cap alongside him with James Maddison expected to win his very first after outstanding performances for Leicester.
Mason Mount could also make his senior international debut during this break.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ross Barkley, Jesse Lingard and Harry Winks are the other midfield options.
Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek are all missing from the squad.
Up front, it’ll be three from four who’ll start.
Jadon Sancho’s form for Borussia Dortmund should see him start; he’s already registered three goals and four assists in four appearance this season.
Raheem Sterling, who’s scored six times in five appearance for Manchester City, will be on the other side.
Harry Kane will captain the side up front looking to add to his six England goals at Wembley.
Marcus Rashford would be the unlucky man to miss out, joining Callum Wilson on the bench.
Callum Hudson-Odoi, who’s featured in both of the qualifiers so far, is still injured but could be back for next month’s fixtures.
This side should blow Bulgaria away.
Bulgaria team news vs England
As for the visitors, Krasimir Balakov certainly can not boast the quality England have.
15 of his squad ply their trade in Bulgaria with the rest based in Armenia, Slovakia, Turkey, Hungary, Azerbaijan, Russia, Austria, Portugal or the Germany third division.
In goal, the experienced Nikolay Mihaylov has fallen out of favour so Plamen Iliev is now first choice and will win his 14th cap.
It’s likely to be the same back four that started their last match against Kosovo.
In midfield, Georgi Kostadinov and Todor Nedelev are both injured so Kristiyan Malinov and his twin-brother Georgi Milanov will replace them.
Ivelin Popov will be further forward; only seven players have made more appearance for the national team than his 84.
Up front, Ismail Isa is injured so Kiril Despodov will lead the line looking for his second international goal.
Can this side spring a surprise?
It seems very unlikely.
Predicted England line-up vs Bulgaria
Predicted Bulgaria line-up vs England
Highlights of Netherlands 3-1 England
Highlights of England 0-0 Switzerland
The latest tweets from England pre Bulgaria
— England (@England) June 9, 2019
— England (@England) June 10, 2019
— England (@England) June 9, 2019
— England (@England) June 9, 2019
Use tonight’s disappointment to drive us forward.
— England (@England) June 7, 2019
The latest tweets from Bulgaria pre England
— Team Bulgaria (@Team_Bulgaria) September 1, 2019
— Team Bulgaria (@Team_Bulgaria) August 27, 2019
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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.