It’s been a long time since Bulgaria played any meaningful matches at a major tournament. Now they look like they stand a chance but in order to qualify, they need to defeat one of the big guns. Such an opportunity presents itself today when they take on France, the team currently leading the group. The visitors are comfortably at the top, but were held to a scoreless draw at home by Luxembourg.
Complacency is France’s Biggest Problem
France has once again an impressive starting formation and plenty of reserves that can always step up to replace the main guys. With so much talent in their roster, it comes as no surprise that they played the latest European final. Now they are again favoring to qualify to the World Cup 2018 and are on track to win the group. However, recent results were ambivalent and the last draw was downright frustrating.
The inability to score a single goal against Luxembourg is worrisome, but they still have a comfortable cushion ahead of the runners-up. On the road against Bulgaria, they will push for victory, but won’t go for a lopsided triumph. As long as they claim all three points the fans and management will be happy.
One Point for Bulgaria to Stay Alive
No other team in the world has such a good home record against France, while being some ineffective on the road. Both teams won six games at home and lost just once, despite the fact that today’s visitors are arguably the better team. Bulgaria will defend for 90 minutes and try to take advantage of any opportunity that might arise on the counterattack.
This is the kind of match where it is not wise to bet on the favorites to win, simply because the odds are not good enough. Instead, punters should take a chance with Bulgaria and take the odds of 11/10 on the -1.5 goal handicap offered by bet365 Sports. As long as the hosts don’t lose by two goals, the bet is a winner.