n this UEFA World Cup Qualifiers fixture Bulgaria will host France.
Bulgaria are 4th in Group A with 12 points. They still have chance of reaching second spot, but despite their good performances, that looks pretty unrealistic. They recorded three wins in the last five games, having beaten Belarus, Netherlands and Sweden – all at home. Bulgaria showed great fighting spirit and deservedly won all of those games, which makes them the best home team in their group with all four wins an a 10:5 goal difference. Last time out they were easily defeated in Netherlands 3:1, but they will still look to spoil another favourites` day when they host France. Tonev is missing here beacuse of an injury, while there shouldn`t be any other noticeable missings.
France are topping the group with 17 points. After a convincing victory against Netherlands, they shockingly played 0:0 with Luxembourg at home, putting themselves in a much more uncomfortable position. They are only one point in front of Sweden and will need to win both remaining games to be sure to win the group. France are surely the strongest team in the group, but having already lost in Sweden and played 0:0 in Belarus, they could be in for another tough trip against motivated Bulgaria. Pogba and Dembele are out injured, while Kurzawa and Koscielny have withdrawn from the squad.
Bulgaria showed some great and inspired performances at home, having scored two against Netherlands and three against Sweden. Also, they scored in all of their games except the one in Sweden and should make it hard for France here. Visitors already showed their weaknesses, especially on the road, and coming to Bulgaria in heated atmosphere, I see the hosts having to say something. Last game between these two finished 4:1 in France`s favour and I see both teams getting on the scoresheet again. France probably won`t go all in from the first minute, but Bulgaria should have enough to make their mark nevertheless. That`s why I see good value in backing goals from both sides.
PREDICTION; Both Teams to Score @ 2.10