England’s youthful squad take on struggling Bulgaria this Saturday night as The Three Lions look to bag another three points in the qualifiers and edge closer to a place at Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate’s men have already put five goals past both the Czech Republic and Montenegro, results which sees them sit top of Group A after two matches. They go into this one knowing that it would be a major upset if they were to drop any points at Wembley.
Raheem Sterling to score anytime @1.73
The Manchester City winger has been on fire so far this season. The 24 year-old is second top of the Premier League goal scoring table with 5 goals and will be looking to continue that form into the International break to impress both Southgate and Guardiola. He’s done enough at club level to deserve a starting place so there shouldn’t be any doubts over him being named on the team sheet. Give him a opportunity to score against a poor Bulgaria defence and I fancy him to find the net.
England to win to nil @1.44
The Three Lions have defensively looked strong so far in the qualifiers, conceding just one goal in their opening two games. They come up against Bulgaria side who have conceded seven goals so far in the qualifiers and have failed to find the net in 6/7 of the last head to heads. The low odds of 1.44 might not look appealing, but this might well be a solid selection as part of a accumulator. Failing that, Paddy Power are offering a boost for England to win 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 (from 3.5 to 4.33).
England to win and over 2.5 match goals @1.4
England certainly haven’t been short for goals so far in the qualifiers. They’ve netted five goals in each of their opening two matches. They arguably come up against weaker opposition in Bulgaria this weekend, so I am expecting them to continue their scoring form. Everything swings in the Three Lions favour for a victory; they’ve never lost to Bulgaria in all of the two sides head to heads with six wins and four draws. Again, the low odds of this bet might not look appealing, but as part of a accumulator it would be a solid selection. Failing that, England to win and over 3.5 goals is priced at 2.1.
Anton Nedyalkov to be booked @3.4
The Ludogorets left-back has committed more fouls per game on average (2.7) than any of his Bulgarian teammates. The 26 year-old is known for his hard tackling and will have his work cut out to keep wingers Jadon Sancho and Raheem Sterling quiet. The explosive pace, close control and skill that both Englishmen bolster will make it hard for Nedyalkov not to foul.
Over 3.5 match goals @2.15
Both of England’s last two matches in the competition have seen way more than 3.5 goals in them which is why I think it offers good value at 2.15. Over 2.5 goals would be a safer option but priced at 1.36 is quite short unless (again) you’re looking for something as part of an accumulator. If you’re after something which offers slightly more value, back England to score over 3.5 goals is available at 2.40.