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Bulgaria vs Switzerland Prediction & Match Preview

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25 March 2021 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET World Cup Qual

Nacionalen Stadion Vasil Levski will host Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between Bulgaria and Switzerland. 


The Bulgarians failed to qualify for Euro 2021 finals, and, to make things even worse for the fans, they finished their UEFA Nations League campaign in the ultimate position in the standings. 

New boss Yasen Petrov is on a quest to bring glory days back to Sofia, but his men face a difficult task in the opener against Switzerland.

The Rossocrociati, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-0 win over Ukraine. Vladimir Petkovic is still in charge of the national team, with the Bosnian tactician relying on a number of high-profile and experienced players. 

Benfica attacker Haris Seferovic, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. 

Since both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri are fit for the match, away win should be considered.

Bulgaria vs Switzerland Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Bulgaria Switzerland played so far 3 matches.
Bulgaria won 0 direct matches. Switzerland won 1 matches. 2 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.00 goals per Match.

Bulgaria vs Switzerland Prediction

Bulgaria in actual season average scored 0.81 goals per match. In 10 (62.50%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (43.75%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Switzerland average scored 1.88 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (70.59%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (47.06%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Petrov has included a total of 10 uncapped players for March's qualification matches, as experienced players such as Todor Nedelev, Anton Nedyalkov and Nikolay Mihaylov are nowhere to be seen.

Bologna starlet Valentin Antov could be handed a start in defence alongside captain Petar Zanev - a man 15 years his senior - while Brazilian-born defender Cicinho should once again start at left-back.

Antov's fellow Serie A representative Andrey Galabinov will hope to lead the line for the hosts, while in-form Ludogorets attacker Kiril Despodov - on loan from Cagliari - is expected to provide support from the flanks.

Switzerland's Shaqiri has fond memories of playing Bulgaria and should earn a start this week despite his troubles at Liverpool, while Remo Freuler and Denis Zakaria will likely battle it out for the chance to partner captain Granit Xhaka in the middle.

Zakaria is one of four Borussia Monchengladbach representatives in the Swiss squad, and his teammates Yann Sommer and Nico Elvedi are both in line to feature as well, but Breel Embolo's spot up top is not entirely safe given the prolific club form of Mario Gavranovic.

Fabian Schar is a notable absentee from the squad after his season-ending injury, so Ricardo Rodriguez and Manuel Akanji are likely to complete the back three alongside Elvedi.

Bulgaria possible starting lineup:
P. Iliev; Popov, Antov, Zanev, Cicinho; Malinov, Kostadinov; Delev, D. Iliev, Despodov; Galabinov

Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Sommer; Elvedi, Akanji, Rodriguez; Mbabu, Xhaka, Freuler, Zuber; Shaqiri; Seferovic, Gavranovic


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