EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Bulgaria vs Czech Republic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Bulgaria vs Czech Republic kick off? Sunday 17th November, 2019 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Bulgaria vs Czech Republic being played? Stadion Vasil Levski

What television channel is Bulgaria vs Czech Republic on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream Bulgaria vs Czech Republic? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Czech Republic 2-1 Bulgaria

THE TEAM NEWS

BULGARIA

  • Bulgaria lost 1-0 at home to Paraguay in a friendly on Thursday in their first game under new coach Georgi Dermendzhiev, and have not won a match for over a year.
  • Goalkeeper Georgi Georgiev was given his debut against Paraguay and will be hoping to keep his place ahead of Plamen Iliev, who has started the last three qualifiers.
  • The team that started against Paraguay is close to what most would consider Bulgaria's strongest line-up, so Dermendzhiev is unlikely to make wholesale changes for his first competitive game in charge.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Georgiev; S. Popov, Terziev, Chorbadzhiyski, Goranov; Wanderson, Kostadinov, Malinov, Nedelev; I. Popov, Marcelinho

Unavailable: Chochev (Injured), Kostov (Injured)

Doubtful:

CZECH REPUBLIC

  • Czech Republic came from behind to beat Kosovo 2-1 on Thursday and clinch second place in Group A, their fifth win in their last six qualifiers.
  • The Czechs have had a relatively settled side throughout this campaign but with qualification now secure, coach Jaroslav Silhavy may take the opportunity to look at a few different players.
  • Silhavy has no fresh injury or suspension issues following Thursday's game, with Jan Boril set to start at left-back for the sixth game running after Filip Novak suffered an injury in training.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Vaclik; Kaderabek, Celustka, Brabec, Boril; Kral, Soucek; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; Krmencik

Unavailable: Pavelka (Injured), Novak (Injured), Hovorka (Injured), Suchy (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Czech Republic have a good record against Bulgaria, winning seven of the eight meetings between the two nations, and they will certainly have faced stronger Bulgarian teams than the current one. The visitors are in good form, too, and will be on a high after qualifying, so expect them to win again.

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