Bulgaria vs Netherlands by PatrickBateman
Bulgaria is 4th with 6 points. They have won both home games, and lost both away games. They beat Luxembourg 4:3 in a dramatic finish, after what they suffered two defeats - 4:1 to France, and 3:0 to Sweden. In the last game they beat Belarus 1:0. They got an early lead via Popov, and from there on, we were watching a game in which Belarus controlled the possession, but didn`t have an idea how to threaten Bulgaria. In the end it stayed 1:0, and Bulgaria recorded their second victory which saw them get closer to the group leaders.
Netherlands is 2nd in Group A with seven points, and a goal difference which makes them worst second-placed team at the moment. They haven`t been at their best in this qualification cycle, recording only two wins in four games, conceding in every one of them. After drawing in Sweden and beating Belarus at home 4:1, they lost in France 1:0. Last time they defeated Luxembourg away from home 3:1. In the first half teams were pretty equal, and Netherlands were the first ones to find a net - in 36th minute via Robben. But hosts were quick to answer, with Chanot scoring from the penalty in 44th minute. After the break there was only one team on the pitch - Netherlands, and they deservedly took another lead in 58th minute, when Depay scored. He added another one from the free kick in 84th minute, to set up a final result.
Dutch are coming here in favourites role, but it could be tricky for them. Bulgaria showed right attitude in the last four games, which brought them two wins, which is actually the same as Netherlands has. Bulgaria scored six goals, failing to score only against Sweden, while Netherlands scored eight, without netting a goal in France. Bulgaria has conceded ten goals, which is the most in group, with even Luxembourg scoring three on them. Netherlands, on the other hand, conceded four, but failed to keep a single clean sheet. Therefore I think there is a strong chance we will see goals from both sides here. Both teams are often involved in high scoring clashes, but if Bulgaria stands tough here, they could get something from the game. However, as Netherlands will be looking for a win, they should be in attacking mode. That should leave them more vulnerable on the back, and since their defense is leaking on all sides, there should be space for hosts to exploit. Since both teams have trouble in defense, it will be hard for either side to keep a clean sheet, and that`s why my pick here is both teams to score.
|Both Teams To Score||Unibet||2.02||7||2-0 LOST (-7 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.