International Friendlies – Bulgaria vs Paraguay Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Bulgaria vs Paraguay kick off? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Bulgaria vs Paraguay being played? Stadion Vasil Levski

What TV channel is Bulgaria vs Paraguay on? BNT 3 (Bulgaria), ESPN 3 (United States)

Where can I stream Bulgaria vs Paraguay? ESPN Play (Caribbean), DAZN (Switzerland, Germany, Austria)

Where can I get tickets for Bulgaria vs Paraguay? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

BULGARIA

  • Bulgaria enter this game with low morale, both because of recent results and some degree of turmoil surrounding the team. They have announced a new manager that will debut ahead of this contest – Georgi Dermendzhiev – and they are riding an 11-game winless streak in all competitions (D5, L6). Their most recent game ended with a thumping 0-6 home defeat against England.
  • Left-back Anton Nedyalkov has been ruled out through injury. Goalkeeper Plamen Iliev is expected to start here, but there are chances Nikolay Mihaylov would get the nod instead since Iliev has been dealing with a thigh issue.

Expected Starting XI: Plamen Iliev; Strahil Popov, Kristian Dimitrov, Vasil Bozhikov, Ivan Goranov; Kristiyan Malinov, Georgi Kostadinov, Ivalin Popov; Kiril Despodov, Bozhidar Kraev, Wanderson

PARAGUAY

  • Paraguay have not looked very convincing since the appointment of Eduardo Berizzo, earning just two wins over their last 10 fixtures in all competitions (W2, D5, L3 over that span). The fact that both wins came against lowly opposition such as Jordan and Guatemala suggests they are not ready to face teams on a similar level to theirs. Their most recent game ended with a 1-1 away draw at Slovakia.
  • Paraguay are not dealing with any major injury ahead of this contest, so Berizzo will be able to test several new players. Considering Paraguay are on a clear rebuilding process, it seems the best path for them is to try as many newcomers as possible to determine whether they have a future for the national team.

Expected Starting XI: Gatito Fernández; Santiago Arzamendia, Fabián Balbuena, Gustavo Gómez, Junior Alonso; Richard Sánchez, Cristhian Paredes; Derlis González, Miguel Almirón, Óscar Romero; Darío Lezcano

THE PREDICTION

Eight of Paraguay’s last 10 games have ended with under 2.5 goals scored in total, although only five of Bulgaria’s last 10 matches have ended with that outcome – but each of Bulgaria’s last five defeats has ended with over 2.5 goals and them conceding two or more goals. Paraguay are not a team that can be recognised for their scoring ability and it seems both sides are on a similar level given their recent results. As such, this game could well end with a low-scoring draw.

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