Bulgaria vs Norway by Rainbow-Bet

Bulgaria
VS
Norway
Very important match today in group H in the EURO 2016 qualification, Bulgaria are up against Norway at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia. Two defensively organized teams meet each others, and a defeat for either of them could be crucial. Both team have a lot of injuries ahead of tonights clash.

 

The main priority for these two teams are to not let their opponents create any goal opportunities. Safety in defence and attacking in balance are key factors for both sides in this match. It's even in group H in the EURO qualification, and a potential looser tonight will have a hard time qualifying for EURO 2016 in France. Bulgaria will probably play in a 4-2-3-1 og a 4-1-4-1 formation in this match, and we'll see Norway in their usual 4-2-3-1. This is what group H looks like before tonight's matches:

 

1. Croatia 4-2-0 16-3 13 points

 

2. Italy 3-3-0 9-5 12 points

 

3. Norway 3-1-2 7-8 10 points

 

4. Bulgaria 2-2-2 7-7 8 points

 

5. Azerbaijan 1-1-4 4-11 4 points

 

6. Malta 0-1-5 1-10 1 point

 

Bulgaria coach Ivaylo Petev says tonight game is important, because both teams could still reach the play-off stage in the group. «Norway are defensively strong, and a hard opponent to play against». If Bulgaria beat Norway, they'll climb past them in the group and place themselves in a play-off position. A draw would be accepted, but a defeat is crucial.

 

The home side has got an challenge on the goalkeeper spot ahead of this game. Both Nikolay Mihaylov (Mersin) and Vladislav Stoyanov (Ludogrorets Razgrad) are out of the match, because of a virus and a knee injury. Goalkeeper Blagoy Makendzhiev is called up as replacement. Also the important striker Valeri Bozhinov (Partizan) is out due to injury, Dimitar Rangelov (Konyaspor) will take his place in the squad. On the last 5 matches, Bulgaria's got 1-3-1:

 

0-1 win away against Malta

 

4-0 defeat away against Tyrkia

 

2-2 draw home against Italia

 

0-0 draw away against Romania

 

1-1 draw home against Malta

 

Expected line-up (4-2-3-1):

 

Mitrev

 

Bandalovski – Aleksandrov – Bodurov – Minev

 

Gadzev – Dyakov

 

Milanov – Popov – Aleksandrov

 

Micanski

 

Norway coach Per Mathias Høgmo says today's opponents are a great in defence where they are compact and difficult to break down, they're also good at counter attacks. «We can't give Bulgaria space to play and run in, we're going to play careful and with a good balance in the team».

 

Høgmo and Norway's got big problems up front ahead of the game. Both Joshua King (Bournemouth), Adama Diomande (Hull) and Pål Andre Helland (Rosenborg) are all out with injuries. Also striker Tarik Elyounoussi (Hoffenheim) is out due to suspension. Perhaps the most important player for Norway, midfielder Stefan Johansen (Celtic) is unsure, and must be tested in training today. Rosenborg's and the Norwegian Tippeliga's top scorer Alexander Søderlund will play in the striker role today. Søderlund's got 19 caps for Norway but hasn't yet scored a single goal. Left full back Haitam Aleesami (IFK Göteborg) and midfielder Veton Berisha (Greuter Fürth) are new in the Norway squad and can get their debut's today.

 

Last 5 Norway matches shows 1-2-2:

 

0-0 draw home against Azerbaijan

 

0-0 draw home against Sweden

 

5-1 defeat away against Croatia

 

0-1 win away against Azerbaijan

 

0-1 defeat home against Estonia

 

Expected line-up (4-2-3-1):

 

Nyland

 

Elabdellaoui – Nordtveit – Forren – Høgli

 

Tettey – Johansen

 

Henriksen – Skjelbred – Yttergård Jensen

 

Søderlund

 

We'll see two teams who are afraid to lose this game and are defensively oriented. No one will take to many risks when going up field, perhaps the match will be decided in a set piece. This Bulgaria team is without any big player pin
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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
0-0 (correct score) Unibet 8.00 3 0-1 LOST (-3 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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Comments (2)
Tristian
I love this kind of bets. Great odds with low steak. I will join you on this one.
great preview :D
09/03/2015 - 15:33
Rainbow-Bet
Thank you Tristian and good luck. I think this bet is quite interesting, 8.00 at Unibet is a gift. Norway's coach Høgmo almost admits he'll try to go for a draw tonight, Norway are strong defensively and have been training the last week mainly on their defence play and set piece. I'll be a hard task for Bulgaria to break through...
09/03/2015 - 15:57
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