England suffered their first qualifying defeat since 2010 when losing 2-1 to the Czech Republic on Friday night, much to everyone’s shock.
Harry Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s side an early lead, but the defending proved to be well below-par once again and ultimately cost them defeat.
They will be hoping to make amends tonight when coming up against Bulgaria, and a win will seal their spot at next year’s European Championship finals.
Our football betting expert previews tonight’s game.
England to bounce back
England’s defeat in Prague was certainly a shock to the system and is likely to have ruined many people’s accumulators before the weekend’s football had even got underway.
Bulgaria are ranked 62nd in the world, and in their last two games against the Three Lions, have failed to trouble the scorers with England winning 3-0 and 4-0.
Last time out against Bulgaria, Kane scored a hat-trick in that 4-0 win and the captain is always dependable when he puts on the Three Lions shirt, so a bet on him to score a double tonight is 7/2.
Southgate is set to ring the changes following Friday night’s defeat with Harry Maguire the only member of the back four set to start again, with Tyrone Mings, Ben Chilwell, and Trent Alexander-Arnold likely to start.
The latter has continued his fine form for Liverpool this season, already providing two assists on the back of his 12 from last season as the Reds went mightily close to their first-ever Premier League title.
Back Alexander-Arnold to get an assist tonight at 11/4.
Tough night for Bulgaria
Bulgaria have not enjoyed the qualifying stages and come into tonight’s game having yet to pick up a group-stage win.
Two 1-1 draws got them up and running but since then, they have been edged out by 3-2 by Kosovo and 2-1 against the Czech Republic before the heavy defeat against England.
That being said, that is the only game where they have failed to score, and knowing England’s frailties at the back, which were exposed again on Friday night, you could definitely see the hosts finding the back of the net on at least one occasion tonight
I still fancy England to bounce back to winning ways at the first opportunity, and a bet on an England win and both teams to score looks attractive, and can be backed at 9/4.
Another one that stands out is for England to win both halves at 11/8.