England v Bulgaria
Preview by DAVE ANDERSON, 07/09/2019.
The football match our betting preview is focusing on this week is the game kicking-off at 5pm on Saturday when England take on Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium in their Euro 2020 Qualifier.
England v Bulgaria: Best Odds
Check out the best odds that online bookmakers offer for an England win (H), a win for Bulgaria (A), or a draw (D) below. Use the ALL ODDS tab to view more bookmakers odds.
NB: England v Bulgaria odds correct at 07:00 on 07/09/2019 and are subject to change.
England v Bulgaria: Betting Offers
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England v Bulgaria will be broadcast live on ITV at 5.00pm on Saturday September 7th.
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England v Bulgaria: Betting Preview
The next round of the Euro qualifiers kicks off this week, with England taking on Bulgaria on Saturday evening, before they meet Kosovo next Tuesday night.
Bookmakers offer England as the favourites to beat a struggling Bulgarian side, and if Gareth Southgate’s men can continue their unbeaten run in the competition, they will have no trouble progressing to the next stages of the Euro 2020.
It’s easy to see why bookmakers offer England as the front-runners for Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier, as Bulgaria have never actually beaten the English side.
These teams have met 10 times, with 6 wins for England and 4 draws. The last time they met was back in 2011, when England beat them 3-0 in the European Championships.
In the lead up to England v Bulgaria, we've taken a look at both team’s recent performances, and any player injuries that could affect either managers match preparations.
England: Team News
England have won both of their Euro 2020 qualifying matches so far and currently sit at the top of Group A on 6 points with an impressive goal difference of +9.
Gareth Southgate’s side secured a fantastic 5-0 victory against the Czech Republic in their opening match, and then went on to take a 5-1 victory against Montenegro.
After 2 impressive performances, they only held Switzerland in their 3rd place play off in the Nations League after suffering a defeat to the Netherlands in the semi-finals.
Although the Nations League delivered a disappointing result for Southgate’s men, they still look in fantastic form and are clearly dominating Group A in the Euro 2020 qualifiers.
If they can continue to play as well as they have done in the competition, and maintain their recent form, they should easily progress and be one of the top contenders for Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate has called up Tyrone Mings to feature in the squad for the first time, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is also due back following his 18 month absence due to injury.
Kieran Trippier and Nick Pope, return to the squad after their involvement in the World Cup.
Man Utd's summer signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been ruled out due to a back injury, but luckily there are no other major injury concerns ahead of the Bulgaria fixture.
With England determined to qualify as soon as possible, a strong performance from the English side could see them register another 5 goals against bottom of the table Bulgaria.
Looking at the last 5 fixtures that England have played in all competitions, they've won 3, drawn 1, and lost 1 scoring a total of 13 goals (2.6 goals per game) and conceding a total of 5 goals.
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Bulgaria: Team News
Bulgaria on the other hand, aren’t having such a good run in the competition, having only secured 2 points from their first 4 Euro qualifying fixtures with 2 draws and 2 losses.
The Bulgarian side held Kosovo and Montenegro to draws in their opening fixtures, but went on to suffer defeats to Kosovo and The Czech Republic in their last 2 fixtures.
It will be a massive ask for the Bulgarian side to beat England, but if Southgate’s men are careless or complacent, it could provide an opportunity for Krasimir Balakov’s men.
Balakov is expecting big things from winger/forward Kiril Despodov, but pinning hopes on the 22 year old who is more than capable of playing well, is a big responsibility.
The Bulgarian squad will need a strong defence to contain England's top forwards, and also create opportunities to score if they want to be in with a chance of taking any points.
On the other hand, they could put 11 men behind the ball and attempt to frustrate England and avoid being yet another team that concedes 5 goals against the Three Lions!
Bulgaria's record over their last 5 matches in all competitions is won 0, drawn 3 and lost 1. They've scored less goals than England, 6 in total (1.2 per game) and conceded more (8).
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England v Bulgaria: Stats
England and Bulgaria have played each other a total of 10 times throughout history with the Three Lions currently undefeated against them with 6 wins and 4 draws.
There have been 3 international friendlies between England and Bulgaria, with 2 wins for England in 1996 and 1974 with the only draw coming back in 1968.
In competitive matches, mostly in the European Championships, England have won 4 of the encounters while Bulgaria secured 3 draws in 1962, 1999 and 1998.
Of the 6 total wins for England, 3 of them were played at home, and 3 away. The 4 draws that Bulgaria managed were split into 2 draws at home, with 2 draws away from home.
The last competitive fixture between these two sides occurred in Sofia on the 2nd of September in 2011 with the European Championship Group G match ending 3-0 to England.
Gary Cahill opened the scoring for Fabio Capello's Three Lions on 13 minutes before a double from Wayne Rooney in the 21st and 45th minute rounded off the win.
The last match where England played Bulgaria at home at Wembley Stadium was when they met in a UEFA European Championship Group G on the 3rd of September in 2010.
Adam Johnson scored his first goal for England during the match with Jermain Defoe netting a hat-trick for Fabio Capello's side winning the match 4-0 overall.
This was biggest win that England have ever had over Bulgaria, but more impressively, they've only conceded one goal to them in a competitive fixture, the 1-1 draw in 1999.