After picking up a Bronze medal in the inaugural UEFA Nations League over the summer, England will now turn their attentions back to Euro 2020 duties when Bulgaria travel to London on Saturday evening.
Securing back-to-back victories over Montenegro and the Czech Republic in their opening two Group A contests, Gareth Southgate’s men are unsurprisingly an overwhelming favourite to clinch a spot at next year’s European Championships.
Now the only side in Group A to hold a 100% start to qualifying, the Three Lions will also be excited by their continued success against Krasimir Balakov’s men.
With Bulgaria so publically struggling at the start of qualifying and still in search of their first victory, Saturday’s guests have never picked up a win over England, including a 3-0 defeat the last time the two sides met in 2011.
Also failing to find the net in seven of their last eight meetings against Southgate’s men, you will be interested to know that a similar result can be found at 2/5 with Bet365.
England’s free-scoring start
Although Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate may have been disappointed to have only secured a third-place finish in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, England have continued on a bright summer.
Scoring five goals against both Montenegro and the Czech Republic in their opening two Group A appearances, Saturday’s hosts are pencilled in at 10/3 with Bet365 to once again bag over 4.5 goals this weekend.
One man to watch on Saturday will be the red-hot Raheem Sterling.
Already bagging four Premier League goals for Manchester City and only sat behind teammate Sergio Aguero in the goalscoring charts, the reigning PFA Young Player of the Year has also recorded four goals during qualifying.
Averaging a goal every 40 minutes in his two Group A appearances, Sterling can be found at 10/11 with SkyBet to extend his purple patch at Wembley this weekend.
Elsewhere, while Tyrone Mings might be in line to earn a first cap, Southgate has seen Manchester United defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka have to withdraw from selection due to a back injury.
Bulgaria’s torrid 2019 continues
While England might be continuing on quite the resurge, Bulgaria Head Coach Krasimir Balakov has seen his side already all but fail to secure a route out of Group A.
Now suffering back-to-back defeats against Kosovo and the Czech Republic back in June, Saturday’s guests are still in search of their first win and already sit four points adrift of England, despite making two more appearances.
Now looking for their first win in any format since the 13th of October, a huge part of the Greens’ continued issues has been down to their woeful form on the road.
Bulgaria have failed to win any of their last four matches on the road and have recorded just a single win away from Sofia since March 2016.
Now priced as high as 8/1 with Bet365 to secure a top-two finish come November, behind Montenegro who sit at 6/1, Balakov can take some comfort in his side’s ability to find the net at a steady rate.
Finding the net in each of their four Group A outings, Bulgaria can be found at 12/5 with Ladbrokes to grab a consolation goal on Saturday.