Not a single ticket has yet been awarded for the European Championship. But there are teams that will almost certainly be there. Others are big outsiders and it would be a big surprise to see these teams at EURO 2020. So it is unlikely that the Bulgarians will make their comeback on the international scene or even the team from Montenegro will make their first appearance at a big tournament. Both teams are not given top chances in Group A to take one of the first two places that will be enough for the qualification.
Best Betting Tips Bulgaria vs Montenegro
First place in this pool, we do not have to talk long, goes with great certainty to the Three Lions from England. The Czechs probably have the best chance of finishing second. However, Bulgaria and Montenegro must go beyond themselves in order to at least pass the Czech Republic. Therefore, it is important to score in the direct duels. In the opening match between Bulgaria and Montenegro, the odds show the hosts as easy favorites. But we see both teams more at eye level. Basically, both teams would have to go into this duel with an open visor, because defeats or even draws will hardly help in this qualifying round. Nevertheless, we assume that this match will be characterized by tactics rather, because especially in a first game you do not want to start with a defeat. Therefore, the tendency could well be that only a few goals fall. In the past ten games of these two teams have fallen more than three goals in only 20 percent of the games. As a result, it looks as though a hint on sub-goals will make sense in the match between Bulgaria and Montenegro. At least we do not expect a big football festival. The kick-off for the European Championship qualifier between Bulgaria and Montenegro at Vasil Levski Stadium takes place on 22.03.2019 at 18:00.
Bulgaria – Statistics & Current Form
The Bulgarians are aware of their role in international football, but now they do not claim to be able to return to their old strength immediately and with all their might. Petar Hubchev, one of the golden generation around Hristo Stoitchkov, Krassimir Balakov or Emil Kostadinov, has taken the helm and rather chooses the policy of small steps. He is in the process of building a new team that will be competitive in the medium term. Despite the missed World Cup qualification, the coach continued to be trusted. Maybe this is the right way to develop a successful team. In the Nations League, the Bulgarians played in Division C, narrowly missed promotion behind Norway. This competition was at least a clue that the team of Petar Hubchev is on the right track. In the last seven internationals, there was only one defeat. In the duel between Bulgaria and Montenegro a prediction for an away win would therefore hardly be appropriate.
Most recently, the Bulgarians played 1: 1 twice, on Cyprus and at home against Slovenia. Especially the meeting against the Slovenians could perhaps serve as a blueprint for the game on Friday. It was a balanced match without the big goalscene scenes. Bulgaria went ahead after 68 minutes with a 1-0 lead from Galin Ivanov. Only a few minutes later, the Slovenes came to a 1-1 final score. Personally, the Bulgarians are not bad at all. Maybe you should have expected Stanislav Kostov in the squad. He was not nominated. In addition, the injured Ivan Goranov is missing. There was also a bad news last. The young Kiril Despodov, who is currently Bulgaria’s Footballer of the Year and moved to Cagliari in the winter, will be out with muscular discomfort. This failure is already a bitter loss. Nevertheless, Petar Hubchev has decided not to nominate another player for the attacker. Apparently, the coach has great confidence in its actors.
Expected formation of Bulgaria:
↪ Iliev – Nedyalkov, Bozhikov, Bodurov, S. Popov – Slavchev, Kostadinov – I. Popov, Dimitrov, Delev – Vasilev
↪ Coach: Hubchev
Last matches of Bulgaria:
⚽ 19.11.2018 – Bulgaria vs. Slovenia 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 16.11.2018 – Cyprus vs. Bulgaria 1: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 16.10.2018 – Norway vs. Bulgaria 1: 0 (Nations League)
⚽ 13.10.2018 – Bulgaria vs. Cyprus 2: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 09.09.2018 – Bulgaria vs. Norway 1: 0 (Nations League)
Montenegro – Statistics & Current Form
The Montenegrins have missed the qualification for a big tournament a few times only a hair’s breadth. The last time, however, was not quite as round as the coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic imagines. In the last twelve games, Montenegro have only celebrated two wins and both have played against the less competitive team from Lithuania. Therefore, in the game between Bulgaria and Montenegro, according to the odds, the guest is justified even the outsider. Also in the Nations League it ran in the Division C rather mixed. Third place in a group of four was the highest of emotions. After all, the descent could be avoided, but generally should apply that the team from Montenegro is currently not as strong as it was a few years ago. Leaving Bulgaria and the Czech Republic behind in this qualifying race should therefore also be a mammoth task that this team does not currently seem to be up to. Before the duel between Bulgaria and Montenegro to give a prediction on a successful EM qualification of the Montenegrins, we consider too bold.
The last two internationals in November both went in the pants. Ljubisa Tumbakovic’s side lost 2-1 at home to Serbia in the derby before beating Romania 1-0 at home. A new year could mean new luck in Montenegro, which would probably be obsolete again if it defeated Sofia. Midfielder Vladimir Jovovic of the FK Jablonec is therefore the motto that victory is possible only with tactical discipline.
“Against Bulgaria it will be very important that every player fulfills the task given to him by the coach. In that case, I am convinced that we will get a positive result. ” – Vladimir Jovovic
If all Montenegrins comply with the guidelines, then a threesome could jump out of it, so at least his opinion. However, there is a big problem with this mission because captain Stevan Jovetic is not available due to injury. Such a star does not exist in this team again, so it will not be compensable that the captain is not on board. This means a significant weakening, which should affect above all in the offensive force.
Expected formation of Montenegro:
↪ Petkovic – Vesovic, Savic, Simic, Marusic – Kosovic – Jovovic, Ivanic, Jankovic – Mugosa, Beqiraj
↪ Coach: Tumbakovic
Last matches of Montenegro:
⚽ 20.11.2018 – Montenegro vs. Romania 0: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 17.11.2018 – Serbia vs. Montenegro 2: 1 (Nations League)
⚽ 14.10.2018 – Lithuania Vs. Montenegro 1: 4 (Nations League)
⚽ 11.10.2018 – Montenegro Vs. Serbia 0: 2 (Nations League)
⚽ 10.09.2018 – Montenegro vs. Lithuania 2: 0 (Nations League)
Bulgaria vs Montenegro Direct Comparison
To date, Bulgaria and Montenegro have played four times against each other. The direct comparison is balanced with one win and two draws. The last time the two opponents met in qualifying for the Euro 2012. At that time, Montenegro was able to prevail first in Bulgaria 1-0. The second leg in Podgorica ended in a 1-1 draw. Radomir Dalovic scored the 1-0 for the home side. Ivelin Popov scored the draw in the middle of the second half.
Bulgaria vs Montenegro Betting Tips and Predictions
After a few months without match practice, the shape of the national team is always very difficult to assess. Nevertheless, we would see the Bulgarians on Friday against Montenegro at an advantage. After all, Petar Hubchev’s team have lost just once in their last seven games. Montenegro, on the other hand, has been allowed to celebrate only two victories over Lithuania in the past twelve games. The tendency of this game is relatively clear. In the duel between Bulgaria and Montenegro, we would prefer a tip for a home win.
Key Facts – Bulgaria vs Montenegro tips
↪ Only in two of the last ten matches involving the two teams have more than two goals been scored.
↪ In the last seven games, the Bulgarians conceded only one defeat.
↪ Montenegro has only won two of the last twelve internationals.
But we also think that it will not be an intoxicating peat festival. After all, there were only twice more than two goals in the past ten games involving one of these two teams. In addition, the Montenegrins lack Stevan Jovetic with a very decisive man. Both teams are not known to play full on attack. Therefore, in the match between Bulgaria and Montenegro we would prefer betting odds on under 2.5 goals. These odds are relatively narrow at just under 1.60, but seemingly relatively safe.
Betting Tips: Under 2.5 goals