European Championship Qualifying Group G – Bulgaria vs England 2011

This entry was posted on Thursday, September 1st, 2011

England must be strong in September or face being gone by November.

England haven’t played in a European Championships for eight years, and should they fail to win in Sofia on Friday night, that could swiftly become a twelve year lapse.

The dangers England are in have not been sufficiently documented. Assuming both England and Montenegro smash Wales (as what else is Wales for) and that Montenegro defeat an already-out Switzerland in their final match, England could have to win a tough match in Podgrenica to secure automatic qualification. One way around this problem would be to win on Friday night, against a Bulgarian side England trounced last September.

A Jermaine Defoe hat-trick saw to Bulgaria that night, and there was also a goal from Adam Johnson (remember him kids.) Neither look likely to start tomorrow evening, but expect an England victory nonetheless. The Three Lions have won their last ten matches in September, including some of their most memorable performances of recent years (the 3-0 drubbing of Russia at Wembley and two thumpings of Croatia).

3-0 England is available at 12.5 on Betfair, and this looks a fairly wise bet. Bulgaria have only ever scored once against England, and even that was when they were managed by Kevin Keegan, so possibly doesn’t count.

For the Bulgarians, their path to the Euros will be over if they fail to beat England on Friday night. It would be a huge surprise were they to take three points.

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