Portugal vs Bulgaria
Fabio Coentrao (d / 51+5), Joao Moutinho (m / 81+4), Miguel Veloso (m / 56+3), Tiago (m / 66+3) and Hugo Almeida (f / 57+19) are not in the group of 24 players, while Ricardo Carvalho (d / 83+5) will also miss this match due to flu, but even under these circumstances Portugal looks strong and well balanced team and according to the Portuguese media, Fernando Santos will start this match with the best possible lineup.
Bulgarian national team is in the midst of changes after few disappointing campaign for European championships and World Cup finals, Ivaylo Petev has called several new players together with “the old guns” Nikolay Bodurov, Zhivko Milanov, Svetoslav Dyakov, Dimitar Rangelov, Spas Delev and Ivelin Popov, but in general this team has to deal with numerous problems – Vladislav Stoyanov is a reliable goalkeeper, but the defense is far from solid, while the lack of creativity in the midfield and in attack is obvious, as the guest have scored just three goals in their last six games, all against mediocre teams like Malta (1-0/away) and Azerbaijan (2-0/home).
Portugal, however, is not a team that enters into such games with especially high motivation and most of the Portuguese players come from clubs, who qualified for the quarter-finals of the Champions league or are still in the race for the titles in various European leagues, not to mention the fact that we will see numerous substitutes in that game, especially during the second half.
On the other hand, Portugal can’t afford to make mistakes even in such games, given the fact that they are part of the preparation of this team for the upcoming European championship in France and have bigger importance than an ordinary friendly match.
2-0 in favor of Portugal seems a quite probably outcome from this match.
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