EUROPA: FIFA World Cup - qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
According to the results of 8 rounds of current qualification campaign four teams from group A are fighting for two bonus places:
France – 17, Sweden – 16, the Netherlands – 13, Bulgaria – 12, Luxembourg – 5, Belarus - 5;
Tricolor and Tre Kronor are the real challengers for the champion’s title. But the Netherlands and Bulgaria are fighting for the right to participate at play-offs (on the 9th-14th of November). We present your attention the match of the teams of Petar Hubchev and Didier Deschamps at Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia.
France (the head coach Didier Deschamps)
In October 2016 during the first match of the current opponents the hosts of Stade de France have devastated their opponent with the score 4:1. Kevin Gameiro was the author of the double and one goal was scored both by Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.
This time Didier Deschamps doesn’t include Laurent Koscielny, Paul Pogba, Ousmane Dembélé, Kevin Gameiro and Anthony Martial into the bid for many reasons. But even without these players the squad of the guests headed by Thomas Lemar, Dimitri Payet, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Alexandre Lacazette is quite good.
Bulgaria (the head coach Petar Hubchev)
Alas! The hosts don’t have such star squad. And that fantastic era when Bulgaria headed by Hristo Stoichkov was winning over every team at the World Cup had ended long ago.
Now the team of Petar Hubchev still having some theoretical chances for the final second place but in comparison with France, Sweden and the Netherlands is an obvious underdog. The most popular football player of Bulgaria is the playmaker from Spartak (Moscow) Ivelin Popov.
The fact of absolutely different level of football of the teams of Didier Deschamps and Petar Hubchev is supported by bookmakers’ quotations on main outcomes:
Bulgaria – 13.00, draw – 7.50, France – 1.22
It is obvious that the final winner of this group will be defined only during the 10th round. And now the possible away victory in Sofia will bring the team of Didier Deschamps nearer to the champion’s title.
Our tip: Both teams to score - odds 1.67 Betfair