England should have little trouble against Bulgaria as Gareth Southgate’s young side continues to develop.
England’s last few qualifiers have been won comprehensively – 5-0 against the Czech Republic and 5-1 against Montenegro. They might not get five again but there should still be goals, and the goals over/under market covers a range of possibilities.
TOTAL GOALS OVER 5.5
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is in excellent form for his club and is arguably more valuable to his country. He’s the attacker who really causes problems for teams, even more so than Harry Kane – Sterling’s speed and ability with the ball at his feet causes havoc, and makes him a genuine goal threat.
RAHEEM STERLING TO SCORE FIRST
Bulgaria might be bottom of Group A but they’ve got five goals in their four games so far. True, they haven’t come up against a team as strong as the Three Lions but England are vulnerable themselves.
ENGLAND TO WIN AND BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Head to Head
Bulgaria have never beaten England – they’ve met 10 times, with six wins for Saturday’s hosts and four draws.
The last encounter came in 2011, when England won 3-0 in Bulgaria – Gary Cahill scored prior to a Wayne Rooney brace.
Straightforward for England
The online bookies won’t be paying out on a Bulgaria win at full time – even if England don’t live up to expectations they’ll still take three points. There’s too much talent in Southgate’s side for Bulgaria to hold out for 90 minutes and in truth, this game could be over by half time.
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