Bulgaria vs Norway UEFA Nations League
Both teams want to confirm their beautiful entry.
State of form
Football fans in Bulgaria may be nostalgic for a time, not so far away, when the team competed in World Cup semi-finals (1994). Since then, the selection has only taken part in a World Cup (1998) and a Euro (2004). In qualifying for the World Cup in Russia, Bulgaria finished fourth in Group A behind France, Sweden and the Netherlands. Last Thursday, the partners of the captain Ivelin Popov started well this League of Nations by winning in Slovenia (2-1).
In Group C of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, Norway finished fourth, ahead of Germany, Northern Ireland and the Czech Republic. Subsequently, Lars Lagerback’s men played 6 friendly matches for a record of 4 wins and 2 draws. Last Thursday, they logically dominated, at home, Cyprus for their entry in the League of Nations (2-0).
Headcount for Bulgaria vs Norway
There are four missing elements for Bulgaria: defender Nedyalkov (Ludogorets), midfielders Aleksandrov (Tula, Russia) and Chochev (Palermo) and striker Delev (Pogon Szczecin, Poland), injured. Only two players have more than 20 selections currently. They are defender Bodurov (41 caps, CSKA Sofia) and striker and captain Popov (74 caps, Spartak Moscow). The Nedelev (Botev Plovdiv) and Slavchev (Qarabag, Azerbaijan) milieus play a more important role.
The Norwegian coach can count on his usual tailors. We think of defenders Nordtveit (40 caps) and Elabdellaoui (28 caps), midfielder Johansen (41 caps) and Henriksen (39 caps) and forwards Elyounoussi (48 caps) and King (12 goals in 33 caps). Ajer (Celtic, 20), Selnaes (Saint Etienne, 24), Odegaard (Vitesse, 19), Berge (Genk, 20) and Sorloth (Crystal Palace, 22) represent the future of the selection.
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Convincing when they enter the competition, the two teams can be neutralized at the end of this meeting. Draw
Prediction of the Day: Under 2.5 goals