England v Bulgaria Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 04, 2019
Wembley Stadium - Euro 2020 Qualifiers
England welcome Bulgaria at Wembley on Saturday afternoon, looking to continue their 100% record in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Krasimir Balakov's side have yet to win a game in this campaign, but have shown defensive resilience to secure two draws.
Bulgaria have never beaten England, with their most recent match in Euro 2012 qualifiers ending 3-0 thanks to a Wayne Rooney brace and a rare goal from Gary Cahill.
Gareth Southgate has named an experimental squad with Mason Mount, James Maddison, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Tyrone Mings all hoping for their first cap. Declan Rice remains in the squad, as does Harry Winks, Jadon Sancho and Callum Wilson.
Krasimir Balakov has stuck with his strongest looking squad, with Ismail Isa expected to start up-front supported by Kiril Despodov, whilst Ivelin Popov and Todor Nedelev provide a goal-threat from midfield.
England v Bulgaria Predictions and Preview
England sit top of their group in Euro 2020 qualifiers, despite having played at least one fewer games than all their competitors. Gareth Southgate's side will understandably be full of confidence in hosting Bulgaria at Wembley but must be sure to avoid complacency.
Despite sitting second bottom of the table, Balakov's side are yet to lose a game by more than one goal, and beat Norway, Slovenia and Cyprus during last year's Nations League competition. They may not have the international recognition of England's stars, but the likes of Nedelev, who has scored four goals in six games this season, will give England something to think about.
Another player worth keeping an eye on is 22-year-old striker Kiril Despodov, who moved this summer to Sturm Graz in the Bunesliga, following two successful season with CSKA Sofia. A tough, physical forward, he may be played out wide to give England's right back a head-ache.
Southgate will be well prepared for his side to dominate possession on Saturday, and will need players that are capable of beating a man, and creating goals from outside the area. Raheem Sterling has been in impressive form for Manchester City this term, and is 7/2 to score first, whilst Jadon Sancho has continued last season's form, with two goals from his opening three games.
With Bulgaria expected to drop deep, and prevent England's pacey players from finding any space in behind, the likes of Maddison, Barkley and Mount are all worth keeping an eye on. All three operate in the space between the opposition's midfield and defence and could be key in breaking the deadlock this weekend.
England are overall favourites to come away with an easy win, and, barring any significant shocks, should do so easily come Saturday.
Harry Kane to score anytime at 4/9
The captain won't have an easy time of it on Saturday, but is a grade above anything the Bulgarian defence will have faced.
Both teams to score at 12/5
Bulgaria have scored in 10 of their last 11 games, and if England establish a healthy lead, could nab another.