EURO 2012, Group G Qualifier : England V Bulgaria

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    Tip Won EURO 2012, Group G Qualifier : England V Bulgaria

    Post by 1x2 Insider on 1st September 2010, 23:41

    EURO 2012, Group G Qualifier

    England V Bulgaria
    Pick : 1
    Odd : 1.33
    Stake : 6/10



    England
    Just over two months since Fabio Capello’s England massively underachieved at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Three Lions look to bounce right back with a positive start in the EURO 2012 qualifiers, where Capello’s charges will face dangerous opposition in the form of Bulgaria first up at Wembley before travelling to Switzerland for their second qualifier in four days.

    You could argue that following on from their abysmal showing at the summer’s finals in South Africa, England’s Three Lions are a wounded animal, desperate to lash out and exert some pent up frustration. But those theories were quickly dashed when England only managed a less than convincing 2-1 win over Hungary in a recently friendly, with captain Steven Gerrard sparing England’s blushes with a sublime brace in front of a well turned out Wembley crowd which really should have been baying for blood but instead, the vast majority anyway, gave their support – And Capello will be hoping England’s fans will become the 12th man on Friday as the Italian’s weakened side look to get back to winning ways in competitive action.

    Of those which would have definitely featured but are no longer available through injury; John Terry and Frank Lampard provide the biggest hiccup for Capello, who is now set to embark upon his second notable campaign as England manager with the expectations level within the country now at its highest following the disappointments of South Africa. There are even some corners which suggested Capello shouldn’t even be at the helm, which just goes to show how much pressure the Italian disciplinarian is under to get the very best out of a team which recently got nowhere near their true potential. Rio Ferdinand is also out with a knee injury, but Jermaine Defoe has postponed a groin operation in order to play a part in England’s Group G opener – Just the commitment Fabio Capello needed ahead of a ‘must win’ encounter.

    Fabio Capello has also made headlines with his squad selections, naming eleven players which didn’t travel to South Africa in June. The most poignant inclusion was winger Theo Walcott, who was one of Capello’s shock omission from the World Cup squad but his form at the start of the season for Arsenal, opening with four goals, including a hat-trick, in three games, has seen him become almost a certain starter for Friday’s match up with the Bulgarians. The Arsenal Gunner will hope to link up well with an out-of-sorts Wayne Rooney, who has found the net just once since March for club and country, but the main concerns lye in defence, as without John Terry, Rio Ferdinand and Ledley King, Capello may have to entrust an unlikely England centre-back duo with guarding Joe Hart’s goal in Michael Dawson and Phil Jagielka.



    Bulgaria
    The south-eastern Europeans don’t have the most ideal of records against the English having never recording a win over the team from the British Isles, but their coach, Stanimir Stoilov, is confident the 21-man party he’s assembled to take on England and then Montenegro four days later are more than capable of banishing memories of a poor World Cup qualifying campaign, when finishing third in a group containing Italy and Republic of Ireland and therefore missing out on the play-off’s, and making the dream start to EURO 2012 qualifying.

    Stanimir Stoilov has assembled a team comprising mainly of overseas players, which will surely mean his knowledge of his 21-man squad won’t be as sharp as he would like, this despite the amount of scouting most team do nowadays. Stoilov is also without the country’s all-time leading goalscorer in Dimitar Berbatov, who earlier in the year decided to enter into early international retirement in a bid to focus on his club career following stinging criticism during his time in a Manchester United shirt. The Bulgarian does, though, still contain a host of accomplished stars and household English names. Captain Stiliyan Petrov and Martin Petrov of Aston Villa and Bolton respectively, as well as former Man City forward Valeri Bojinov, are all an integral part of the Bulgarian set up and their experience from playing in the English Premier League will serve them well when pitting themselves against English opposition.

    Since missing out on South Africa, Bulgaria have struggled for form and have even tried to bolster their away credentials by playing a succession of away internationals – Which had they of won would have been formidable form coming into Wembley’s encounter with England. However, losses Poland, Belgium and Russia have cast doubts over their credentials of challenging for a play-off berth in Group G, with England the firm favourites to clinch top spot. They are, nevertheless, tricky opposition, a team boasting a great deal of valuable European knowledge, and are worthy of England’s respect on Friday.



    Match Verdict: England to WIN – 1.33 SkyBet

    Injuries have blighted Capello’s preparations for this Bulgarian tester, but anything less than a performance baring three points would be both a huge disappointment and a significant setback considering England should be looking to win all four of their home encounters in a group where they are firm favourites to win outright thus qualifying automatically for the finals in two years time.

    The worries are at the back as this is where England encountered so many problems during the World Cup, and even in a recent EURO 2012 warm up international with Hungary. We have every faith and belief in Joe Hart becoming England’s regular number one from this point on, but his defence let him down agaisnt Hungary and with Capello having no option but to field an untested centre-back partnership at this level, perhaps England aren’t quite worth their strong favourites tag. However, there are so many match winners in the squad, as well as certain individuals eager to impress and prove the manager wrong for discarding them for England’s dire World Cup campaign, that England just look too good to oppose.

    England’s record at home to Bulgaria: W2 D3 L0

    England’s record at home during 2010 World Cup qualifying: W5 D0 L0 (Goals – F: 21 A:3)


    Soccer-Betting Value Tip: Wayne Rooney to Score Two or More – 4.50 SkyBet

    Match Odds:

    England – 1.33 SkyBet
    Draw – 5.00 Bet365
    Bulgaria – 11.00 VCBet


    Last edited by 1x2 Insider on 4th September 2010, 00:15; edited 1 time in total


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    Post by allen on 3rd September 2010, 09:00

    I'll try asian hc -1.5 England. According latest news from our camp, Bulgaria will be with some idiots in defence. The midfield zone will be fine, but with one attacker we are doomed. One thing is stoping me to put big stake here. There are some rumors that english squad will not win this game cause the players will try to kick Capelo aut from the national team. And if there are 30% true - I think we can take something from this game. But if english boys are going to play: 2+:0

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    Post by allen on 4th September 2010, 00:19

    Nice, mate! cheers

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