England are back in Euro 2020 action after their appearance at the summer’s Nations League finals, with Bulgaria the visitors to Wembley on Saturday. After two wins from two so far, the Three Lions are fully expected to maintain their 100% record this weekend.
Where and when: Wembley Stadium – 7 September, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see England vs. Bulgaria: ITV
Last time: These countries last locked horns in qualifying for Euro 2012, with England winning 4-0 at Wembley before a 3-0 victory in the return in Bulgaria.
England v Bulgaria Predictions and Preview
One day it’ll come home. England may have failed in their quest to become the first ever Nations League champions, but another chance for glory will roll around across the continent next summer. Gareth Southgate’s side are well in control of Group A in Euro 2020 qualifying, having smashed in 10 goals in their first two fixtures.
The Three Lions got their campaign started with a thumping 5-0 victory at home to the Czech Republic, before a 5-1 success away to Montenegro. The momentum was halted in Portugal at the Nations League finals as Holland emerged 3-1 winners after extra-time in the semi-finals, with the third-place triumph scant consolation.
Bulgaria meanwhile haven’t tasted victory since beating Cyprus 2-1 at home in the Nations League in October of last year. That was their fourth straight victory at the time, but that run’s been followed by seven without a win, including four draws and three defeats. A 3-2 reverse at home to Kosovo last time out was a real low point for the Lions, heaping pressure on manager Krasimir Balakov.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Harry Kane to score first||9/5||Offer|
|England to win 5-0||21/2||Offer|
|England to win to nil||2/5||Offer|
Things are unlikely to get any easier for him this weekend. Southgate won’t allow his players to take this game lightly, but the England boss is using it to take a look at some new blood, with defenders Trent Alexander-Arnold, Aaron Wan Bissaka and Tyrone Mings all included in the squad. James Maddison and Mason Mount are also in, making four uncapped players in this young and exciting setup.
No one has more caps than Raheem Sterling on 51 appearances for his country, and the Manchester City forward has started the season like a steam train. With Harry Kane also in decent nick, Marcus Rashford already boasting 32 caps at the age of 21 and Jadon Sancho also among the forward options, we could see another big win for England here.
The home team are the heavy favourites to claim a third successive win, priced at 1/10 in the betting. Bulgaria’s price of 50/1 shows just what the best bookmakers think of their chances on Saturday, while even the draw appears uninteresting at 12/1.
One to watch for England: Raheem Sterling already has four goals in two games in this qualifying campaign, and five in four for Manchester City at the start of the new Premier League season. He’s bursting with confidence and has become an assured finisher, making him well worth a shot at 7/2 in the first goalscorer market.
One to watch for Bulgaria: Ismail Isa broke the deadlock for Bulgaria in the third minute of their last away game in the Czech Republic, and has three goals in six matches for his club Cherno More at the start of the new campaign. He’s out at 60/1 to open the scoring in this match, which could be worth a euro or two as an outside bet.
Long shot: England summarily dispatched the Czech Republic 5-0 in their only game so far at Wembley in this qualifying campaign, and the Three Lions squad is bursting with talented forwards all desperate to make an impression. England are 21/2 to win this game 5-0 too.