Bulgaria (@1.14) vs Finland (@5.0)
29-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Bulgaria will win

Bulgaria – Finland Match Prediction | 29-08-2019 10:00

Bozhidar Kraev His two goals won Bulgaria the game against Slovenia, despite having not been prolific in Midtjyllands Danish Superliga win last season.Ivelin Popov The captain is the most-capped player in the squad with 75 and also comfortably boasts the most goals of the current crop, 14.Georgi Kostadinov Three goals in three consecutive matches during World Cup qualifying shows there is more to his game than just patrolling the midfield.

The Kosovo national football team played their first ever international friendly against Haiti in March 2014 and the match ended in a goalless draw. Albert Bunjakis men have slim chances of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia, but, no doubt, they will use qualifying matches to gain a much-needed experience. Kosovo recorded their biggest win over Monaco on April 22, 2006, but they were not a member of FIFA back then.

Bulgaria kicked off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw with Montenegro, with the team sharing the spoils with self-proclaimed Kosovo in their second group game as well. Krasimir Balakovs troops are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Mondays football game, but beating Bernard Challandes charges is easier said than done. The Bulgarians, though, suffered a loss to Czech Republic on Friday evening and, as a result, they face a must-win situation against self-proclaimed Kosovo.

Anyhow, a low-scoring affair is on the cards. The visitors proved their worth in a 1-1 draw with Montenegro and we are positive that they are going to hold Bulgaria to a draw as well. When the two teams met in Pristina earlier in the process they played out a 1-1 draw and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.

Finland

In those Euro qualifiers, Tarik Elyounoussi and Havard Kallevik Nielsen scored either side of Nikolay Bodurovs equaliser in Oslo, while Vegard Forren scored the only goal of the game in Bulgaria. Norway have won their last three matches against Bulgaria, including both when they were drawn in the same Euro 2016 qualifying group, having only won one of the 11 matches between the two before then.

These two are battling it out for a place in the play-offs for Euro 2020, and to earn promotion to the second tier. This is their big chance to claim a win and leapfrog Bulgaria, while a defeat all but guarantees the leaders will win the group. The side who tops the group will have a chance to get into the next major tournament, but if thats to be Norway then they need a victory here. The top two in group C3 of the Nations League clash on Tuesday night, with Bulgaria putting a perfect record to the test against Norway.

However, the hosts have hit form of late, and that put them up against Bulgaria in the race to win this group. Norway havent made any recent tournaments, but they have kicked off with some good form in the Nations League. Thats the big prize on offer to teams at this level, who tend to miss out on major tournaments due to the way the qualifying campaigns are seeded. Stepping into the second tier would be a clear sign of progress, while theyd face fellow group winners for a place at the next Euros.

Whatever happens, it will be tough to finish Group 3 on top. The spectators at the Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia will be ready to be the 12th player on the field and get Bulgaria all three points in this important match. However, Bulgaria have been in sketchy form recording five victories in their last 10 matches, but also three losses in the previous six games. Still, they won their last game, beating Kazakhstan 2:1. Norway will cause trouble for Bulgaria and they might even snatch a win away from home. In the 14 matches Bulgaria and Norway played each other, Bulgaria has a slightly better record, winning six times compared to Norways four wins. Three of those wins for the Norwegians were in their last three head to head matches. Norway are in slightly better form, managing seven wins in their last 10 matches, including four straight wins in their last four games.

Bulgaria kicked off their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a 1-1 draw with Montenegro, with the team sharing the spoils with self-proclaimed Kosovo in their second group game as well. The Bulgarians, though, suffered a loss to Czech Republic on Friday evening and, as a result, they face a must-win situation against self-proclaimed Kosovo. Krasimir Balakovs troops are likely to leave their hearts on the field in Mondays football game, but beating Bernard Challandes charges is easier said than done.

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The away side have picked up all but one of those four wins at home, and they head out on the road here concerned about a difficult trip. The visitors have a perfect record in this group, while they boast four straight wins going into this trip. Their 2-1 victory over Cyprus at the weekend kept them in contention for promotion, but they still have work to do at the half-way point.

Their only defeat was a narrow 1-0 loss in Bulgaria last month, a result theyll be desperate to avenge. The hosts have won six of their last seven matches, and will be looking to extend that form on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Bulgaria havent got the greatest away record backing them up as they make their way to Oslo. Six defeats in their last eight trips points to a home victory here, and we think that Norway will have enough to edge this encounter.

The first of those was a 4-1 thrashing of Australia in which Ola Kamara grabbed a hat-trick, before Sigurd Rosted scored the only goal in a defeat of Albania. Victory against Cyprus last time out means Norway have now won their last five matches a run which included beating three World Cup-bound teams ahead of Russia 2018. Last time out it was Stefan Johansen in the goals, scoring both to beat Cyprus 2-0. Late goals by Josh King and Alezander Sorloth inspired a comeback 3-2 win against Iceland in June, before King again scored in the 1-0 win against Panama.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the most famous Norwegian player and it is well known that he helped Manchester United beat Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final. Norway only once qualified for the European Championship finals, with the team suffering elimination in the group stages of the 2000 tournament in Belgium and Netherlands. However, the Azzurri proved to be a big catch for Norway and thanks to Bobo Vieris goal the Italians made it to the quarter-finals.

The defender played for the Sharks from 2009 to 2013 and the he decided to take his career to the next level. Georgi Terziev signed for big-spending Bulgarian side Ludogorets on August 12, 2013 for a fee of 500,000 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club. After making nine appearances for the club at senior level, Georgi Terziev joined Chernomorets Burgas in 2009.