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European Qualifiers, England vs Bulgaria: Match Preview, Where to watch, Players to watch out for, Betting Information and more

SENIOR ANALYST
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06 Sep 2019, 11:00 IST

Gareth Southgate
Gareth Southgate's England take on Bulgaria on Saturday

The first stretch of the 2019-20 club season has provided a plethora of sub-plots, with each of Europe’s top leagues contributing majorly. However, those storylines take a backseat for the next week and a bit as the international outfits across the globe gear up to clash swords.

On the 7th of September, Bulgaria and England will immerse themselves in a Euro 2020 qualifier at Wembley with the hosts looking to continue their impressive run in the qualifying campaign.

The Three Lions have rewarded quite a few consistent performers on the domestic stage and they could be handed their first international cap come Friday. The likes of James Maddison, Mason Mount and Tyrone Mings could be in line for a debut due to a combination of England’s strong position in the group and Bulgaria’s wretched form, of late.

The English have made the net bulge on 10 occasions in 2 games and have shipped in a solitary goal, which is in stark contrast to what the visitors have managed.

Bulgaria have accumulated just a couple of points over the four games they’ve played, scoring 5 times and conceding on 7 occasions.

Thus, on paper, the Three Lions seem to have most bases covered and a team of Bulgaria’s ilk shouldn’t really trouble the hosts.

However, having said that, England would be extremely naïve to write off the visitors even before a ball has been kicked.

After all, international football has the potential to throw up its fair share of banana skins and the Three Lions would be particularly circumspect of slipping over one of those. 


Kick-off Details

Date: 7th September 2019

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Time: 5pm BST; 09:30pm IST

Venue: Wembley Stadium, London

Where to watch: Sony Network (India)


Head to Head Record

Total Matches Played: 10 matches

England: 6 wins

Bulgaria: 0 wins

Draws: 4 draws


Form Guide (Last five matches; Most recent first)

England: W-L-W-W-W

Bulgaria: L-L-D-D-D


Players to watch out for

Raheem Sterling

Raheem Sterling could play a crucial role for England
Raheem Sterling could play a crucial role for England

Raheem Sterling has been one of England’s most important players over the past couple of years and it looks extremely unlikely that that would change when Bulgaria come calling on Saturday.

Additionally, the winger has started the season on fire and has been superb for his club, Manchester City.

Moreover, his wonderful relationship with Harry Kane should allow the diminutive forward to enjoy another stellar game for the Three Lions.


Jadon Sancho

Netherlands v England - UEFA Nations League Semi-Final
Netherlands v England - UEFA Nations League Semi-Final

The youngster took the European football landscape by storm last season courtesy a run of superlative performances for Borussia Dortmund. Subsequently, he also made his England bow last term and was largely brilliant, whenever called upon.

Jadon Sancho has started the current term in similar fashion, racking up three assists and a couple of goals in the Bundesliga. 

Thus, the dazzling winger could have a major say against Bulgaria, considering the visitors’ leaky defence and Sancho’s ambition of establishing himself as an extremely vital piece in Gareth Southgate’s puzzle.


Betting Tips

England win: 1.05

Bulgaria win: 23.00

Draw: 11.00

Bookmaker: Sportsbet

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