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International | Vasil Levski National Stadium | 22nd March
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Bulgaria vs Montenegro predictions for Friday’s European Championship Qualifier. Bulgaria kick-off their qualifying campaign with a home game against Montenegro on Friday night, and with England and Czech Republic in their group, the hosts really need to get off to a winning start. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.

Bulgaria vs Montenegro Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Both Teams To Score @ 11/10

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Draw 1-1 @ 11/2

Reason For Bulgaria vs Montenegro Betting Tips

England are the big favourites to claim top spot in Group A, but Bulgaria, Montenegro, Czech Republic, and Kosovo will all fancy their chances to claim second place and qualifying for the 2020 European Championship. Bulgaria have only lost one of their last six matches and realistically need to a win at home against Montenegro on Friday night if they are to progress through the qualifiers, as all of their opponents will be tough to beat on the road. Montenegro have struggled of late, losing three of their last four matches, and head into Friday’s game without star player and captain Jovetić. A draw would represent a decent result for the visitors, as they and the rest of Group A, barring England, will be aiming to win their home games and pick up draws away to stand a chance of qualifying in second place.

Despite having 55% of the overall possession, more corners, and more shots than Slovenia in November’s Nations League match, Bulgaria could only manage a 1-1 draw in front of 3,092 fans in Sofia. Substitute Ivanov handed the hosts the lead in the sixty-eighth minute, only for Slovenia to equalise with fifteen minutes left on the clock through Zajc. That result meant that Bulgaria finished second behind Norway in League C Group 3 and Slovenia were relegated to League D after failing to win any of their six matches. A single goal from Țucudean just before the halftime break proved enough for Romania to claim a 1-0 win over hosts Montenegro in their final Nations League match, with both teams remaining in League C, while Serbia were promoted and Lithuania were relegated. Neither of Bulgaria’s or Montenegro’s results towards the end of 2018 were anything to write home about and both teams must put in improved performances in 2019 if they are to qualify for the 2020 European Championship.

The head to head record between these two countries and their results and performances since September suggests that both teams stand a very good chance of scoring on Friday and that the points may well be shared. Three of the four encounters between Bulgaria and Montenegro have seen both teams score, and two of those four meetings have ended in stalemate. Four of Bulgaria’s last six and two of Montenegro’s last three matches have also seen both teams score, while the hosts have only managed one clean sheet in their last six matches and their guests have just one clean sheet in their last three away games. We’re certainly expecting a close game between these two sides as both have brought in a number of inexperienced players into their squads and Montenegro are bound to miss their captain and talisman Stevan Jovetić, who has scored 24 times in 51 caps for his country. Bulgaria lack experience and goals in midfield, which will put more pressure on their captain Ivelin Popov to produce the goods in the final third. Bulgaria are without a win in their last three matches, while Montenegro have only been victorious in one of their last six on the road and that all points towards a draw on Friday.

Ivelin Popov has scored fourteen times for Bulgaria and will captain the hosts on Friday, while Fatos Bećiraj top scores in the Montenegro squad with nine goals from fifty-nine appearances. We’re confident that both teams will score in Friday’s qualifier, and have backed a final score of 1-1, which will suit Montenegro more than the hosts. Neither team arrives in great form and have not played since November, which is why we believe the game will end all square. The defensive records of both countries over the last six months has been poor, and while we don’t expect a goal fest from Friday’s game, we are backing both teams to get on the scoreboard.

Head to Head

These two countries have met four times before, and as things stand, the duo are tied on 1 win, 2 draws, and 1 defeat apiece.

Bulgaria Team News

Bulgaria Team Badge Dimitar Evtimov, Kamen Hadzhiev, Valentin Antov, Antonio Vutov, Martin Minchev are the five uncapped players included in the Bulgaria squad, with experienced midfielder Georgi Milanov missing out on selection.

Montenegro Team News

Montenegro Team Badge Montenegro will be without star player and captain Stevan Jovetić through injury, while Damir Ljuljanović and Igor Vujačić will be hoping to earn their first senior international cap.

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Published: March 21, 2019

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Bulgaria vs Montenegro Stats

  • Three of the two countries four encounters have seen both teams score.
  • Two of the countries four meetings have ended in draws.
  • Four of Bulgaria’s last six matches have seen both teams score.
  • Two of Montenegro’s last three matches have seen both teams score.
  • Bulgaria have only managed one clean sheet in their last six matches.
  • Montenegro have only kept one clean sheet in their last three away games.
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