Reasons for betting on the Netherlands vs Bulgaria tip
Who would have thought before the start of the qualifiers, that Bulgaria is going to have better chances to qualify for Russia than the Netherlands? At the moment, Oranje has only 10 points from 7 rounds. They are 3 points behind Sweden in the second place. On the other hand, the guests from Bulgaria are only 1 point short of reaching the Scandinavian team.
This is the last chance for the hosts to join the fight for the playoffs and to keep some chances for appearing at the World Cup.
The Netherlands overview
A defeat suffered in France is still hurting all Netherlands fans and players. For a long time, they hadn’t experienced the humiliation like the one from Thursday night. Throughout whole 90 minutes, they were inferior on the field and without a single chance to score. If it weren’t for Jasper Cillessen, several more balls could have ended in the Netherlands’ net. Above all, Kevin Strootman has received a red card and he is going to be unavailable for the match with Bulgaria. 5 of the most recent matches the Netherlands played concluded with over 2.5 goals. However, three of the latest encounters saw both teams not to score.
Petar Hubchev and his team finally scored against Sweden, after 24 years. And to make it even better the hosts in that match collected all three points after defeating the Scandinavians with 3-2. If they managed to get a positive result from this event, we might see them at the second spot of the Group A. In 6 of the past 8 games played; we saw 3 or more goals. The Bulgarians prefer to play an offensive and attractive football. But there is one pretty disturbing thing considering this team. They have 5 straight defeats away from home. In all of those games, Bulgaria allowed at least two goals, and furthermore, in 4 of them, they’ve conceded 3 or more. Hubchev and his team were disastrous on the road during that span, and their goal difference will tell you everything about their performances. 4 scored and 20 conceded goals.
Head to head matches
The first encounter played in Bulgaria ended with the home team victory, 2-0. Everything was decided after the first 20 minutes when Spas Delev scored two goals for the home team.
Throughout history, these countries met 7 times and surprisingly Bulgaria has a better record. The Lions have 3 wins and on the other hand, the Netherlands 2 .Both sides have scored and allowed 9 goals apiece.
Prediction for the Netherlands vs Bulgaria tip
The Bulgarians made a fantastic achievement by winning against the Sweden. But we do not believe that guests have the capabilities of endangering the Netherlands at Amsterdam Arena.
No matter the current condition of Oranje, we feel that they are too much for the team from Balkan. Particularly in the situation when Dick Advocaat’s team desperately needs 3 points.
So for the first pick the Netherlands to win, and for the second one the Netherlands to win with a handicap – 1.5.