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England vs. Bulgaria: Euro 2020 Qualifier – Match Preview

by hisham

England will be big favourites when Bulgaria travel to Wembley on Saturday evening.

England have won both of their opening qualification fixtures, easing past both Czech Republic and Montenegro.

In the summer’s inaugural Nations League tournament, they finished third, having beat Switzerland on penalties.

Bulgaria are yet to win in the qualification group, claiming just two points from their four matches.

Last time out they were embarrassed at home by Kosovo and realistically they have no chance of being at next summer’s tournament.

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Match history
Bulgaria are yet to record a victory over England in 10 international fixtures.

The pair met in the Euro 2012 qualifying group, with England easing to home and away victories.

Last five international meetings
Bulgaria 0 England 3 – 02/09/11
England 4 Bulgaria 0 – 03/09/10
Bulgaria 1 England 1 – 09/06/99
England 0 Bulgaria 0 – 10/10/98
England 1 Bulgaria 0 – 27/03/96

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Team news
Aaron Wan Bissaka dropped out of the squad due to injury, meaning the returning Kieran Trippier could feature.

Jadon Sancho is likely to feature ahead of Marcus Rashford, with the Chelsea duo of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley vying for a midfield role.

Brazilian born Wanderson is set to make his international debut having received his Bulgarian passport.

Bulgaria will be without two key midfielders in Todor Nedelev and Georgi Kostadinov.

Expected starting XI’s
England (4-3-3): Pickford; Trippier, Maguire, Gomez, Rose; Rice, Henderson, Barkley; Sterling, Sancho, Kane
Bulgaria (4-3-3): Iliev; Popov, Bozhikov, Nedyalkov, Goranov; Malinov, Slavchev, Marcelino; Kraev, Wanderson, Popov

Predictions

Result: England (1/11 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 3-0 (9/2 with Coral)

Anytime Goalscorer: Raheem Sterling (19/20 with Coral)

Odds correct at time of article (07/09, 00:00), they are subject to change

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