Tonight sees England play Bulgaria in a game that should England win, will see them qualify for the Euro 2020 finals.
Now it also sees a scenario similar to the game England played on Friday against the Czech Republic. Win, and England go through.
In total England have met Bulgaria 9 times and have an excellent record against them.
Since the 0-0 draw in their first meeting in June 1962, they have met a further eight times. England have won 5, the most recent of which was 2010, when a 4-0 result was the outcome, thanks in part to a Jermain Defoe hat trick.
In between times. there have been 3 draws and its in two of those draws that Bulgaria have scored their only goals, 2 in total against England.
England’s goal scoring average against Bulgaria over the 9 games is 2, so going on that statistic alone, tonights game should represent a comfortable enough platform on which to secure qualification.
That said, it will prove interesting tonight, because Bulgaria, employ a variation of the 3 5 2 system that England used to play and appear to find diffculties playing against, by playing a 5 3 2 formation, so in theory have 5 defenders and rely on the counter attack.
Overall taking that out of context, Bulgaria are bottom of the group and have only two points. Confidence will not be high for them, and should England start the same they did against the Czechs by scoring early, and maintaining throughout the game, then England have a good chance of recording their highest score against them.