Europe: World Cup - Qualification
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+1)
Next to 9 Friday matches of the 5th round of European qualification for 2018 World Cup in the groups D, G, I, on Saturday 18 national teams of the first, second and eights groups will be held.
And now we present you the main match of the group A that will be held in Sofia at the Vasil Levski National Stadium . It is clear that the hosts are the national team of Bulgaria. And the guests - the most popular team of our continent.
This name is used for the team of the founder of total football Rinus Michels for at least 4 decades after the unforgettable Munich final of 1974 World Cup. And 14 years after the worthy followers of Johannes Cruijff, Johannes Neeskens, John Rep had won the continental championship and the orange colors of the national team became the leading ones even in Milan with its favorites: Ruud Gullit and Marco van Basten.
For the last decades the national team of the Netherlands had supported the level that Rinus Michels had risen. And 7 years ago the team has reached the final of 2010 World Cup in the RSA.
Table position of the Group A
And now the modern team of Danny Blind is one of the most obvious favorite of the first sextet. During the last 4 matches the oranges have gained 7 points with the national teams of Belarus (4:1), Luxembourg (3:1) and Sweden (1:1). The only home defeat was made on the 10th of October during the match against the superstar team of Didier Deschamps (0:1). So, according to the results of 4th rounds the national team of the Netherlands is lacking only three points to catch the leader of sextet:
France – 10, the Netherlands – 7, Sweden – 7, Bulgaria – 6, Belarus – 2, Luxembourg – 1;
It is clear that the fight for the first place is not over yet. And hardly during the 2nd leg on the 31st of August at Stade de France the team of Danny Blind won’t throw themselves on mercy of hosts.
But now the three colors and oranges are gaining very confidently the points during the matches with other participants of their group. And that is why the three-time World vice-champions (1974, 1978, 2010) came to Sofia as bright favorite. The squad is almost ideal: Arjen Robben, Wesley Sneijder, Georginio Wijnaldum, Memphis Depay and the son of the head coach (the best MU defender) Daley Blind.
And what about the national team of Bulgaria? It is obvious that the coach staff of Peter Hubchev can’t be proud of the same star football players. And the time of Hristo Stoichkov, Krasimir Genchev Balakov and even Dimitar Berbatov had gone for ever. And that is why our choice is quite obvious.
Our tip: The national team of the Netherlands to win 1,53 Pinnacle