England vs Bulgaria – Betting Tips & Predictions – 07-09

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021


 
Gareth Southgate’s England side welcome Bulgaria to Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening, returning to Euro 2020 qualification duties after a six-month lay-off due to the Nations League. England have only played two games in the group so far, but sit atop of Group A with six points and a goal difference of +9.
That is in direct contrast with the visitors, who have played four games so far in the group but have picked up just two points. A goal difference of -2 also suggests that the Bulgarians are going to find the rest of the qualification campaign tough going.
Southgate has included four uncapped players in his squad, but one of those, Aaron Wan-Bissaka of Manchester United, has pulled out with a back injury. Bulgaria have no injury concerns.

England vs Bulgaria Prediction: England 3-0 Bulgaria

On paper, this is a game that England should win easily. Of course, games of football are not played on paper, and England will need to show their opponents plenty of professional respect on Saturday. Nevertheless, there is a huge gulf in quality between these teams with Bulgaria not the force that they have been in the past. England’s attacking power should see them exploit their home advantage to the full, and the Three Lions should score at least two goals in a comfortable win. Our prediction is that England will win this game 3-0.

Our recommended tip: England 3-0

Our featured tip for this game comes from William Hill, who are offering odds of 12/1 on England winning the game 3-0. England are such overwhelming favourites for this game that it is tricky to find good value odds, but this bet matches our prediction perfectly. It also offers some really good value in terms of the odds on offer. We suspect that England will prove to be just too strong for their visitors this evening, and are likely to put on a show for the fans. If you want to add to the bet, backing James Maddison to assist a goal too is a good shout.

Previous matches

England have faced Bulgaria 10 times since the countries’ first meeting in June 1962 and have never lost. They have won six of those 10 games and drawn four. The first game in 1962 ended in a 0-0 draw. The last time the two countries met was also in a European Championship qualification group, back in 2010 and 2011. England won the game at Wembley 4-0, thanks to a hat trick from Jermain Defoe and a goal from Adam Johnson. The return in Sofia ended in a 3-0 win for the English, with goals coming from Gary Cahill and Wayne Rooney, who scored two.

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Players to watch: James Maddison & Ivelin Popov

Leicester City attacking midfielder James Maddison has been attracting headlines in England recently for the quality of his club performances, with many observers expressing surprise that he has not been capped for his country previously. Southgate is now looking to put the player at the heart of his team. Last season, Maddison’s debut Premier League campaign saw him create more chances than any other player. He created 100 chances for his team-mates, and was the only player to hit three figures for that stat.
Bulgarian forward Ivelin Popov has played alongside some of his country’s biggest ever soccer stars, having lined up with the likes of Dimitar Berbatov and Stiliyan Petrov in the recent past. That calibre of player is thin on the ground in Bulgaria right now, but Popov harks back to better days. He is Bulgaria’s eighth-highest capped player, having scored 15 goals in 85 games for his country. He has scored five goals in European Championship qualifiers.

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