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Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Predictions & Tips - Group C Strugglers meet in World Cup Qualifier

  • Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland predictions for Tuesday’s World Cup Qualifier
  • The Group C fixture is being played at Vasil Levski National Stadium (7:45 pm BST)
  • Bulgaria are winless in 8 of their last 9 matches
  • Who will bounce back from recent losses?
  • Preview, stats & team news
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Northern Ireland are winless in 8 of their last 11 away matches (Getty Images)
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Alex Waite 11 Oct 2021
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Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Predictions


Bulgaria and Northern Ireland are out of form and their qualification hopes were dented with recent losses. Both sides are low on confidence and I am backing a draw. 
  • Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Predictions
  • Head-to-Head
  • Bulgaria Form
  • Bulgaria Squad & Team News
  • Northern Ireland Form
  • Northern Ireland Squad & Team News
  • Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Live Stream FAQ

  • Bulgaria are winless in 8 of their last 9 matches (World Cup Qualifiers)
  • Northern Ireland are winless in 8 of their last 11 away matches (all competitions)

Head-to-Head


Bulgaria have a 4-2 advantage against Northern Ireland in eight meetings with two draws. 

Bulgaria Form


Bulgaria couldn’t build on their recent 1-0 win against Lithuania. They fell to a 3-1 away loss in the reverse fixture on Saturday, effectively ending their hopes of qualification. 

Kiril Despedov’s second half goal cancelled out Lithuania’s opener. Yasen Petrov's side then conceded two late goals against Group C’s bottom side.

Draws against Northern Ireland (0-0) and Italy (1-1) gave Bulgaria a chance of qualifying before the loss to Lithuania. 

Bulgaria Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Martin Lukov, Ivan Karadzhov, Svetoslav Vutsov
Defenders: Vasil Bozhikov, Anton Nedyalkov, Valentin Antov, Petko Hristov, 
Andrea Hristov, Ivan Turitsov, Dimitar Velkovski
Midfielders: Todor Nedelev, Georgi Kostadinov, Ivaylo Chochev, Kristiyan Malinov, Birsent Karagaren, Dominik Yankov, Petar Vitanov, Radoslav Kirilov, Ilian Iliev Jr, Borislav Tsonev
Forwards: Spas Delev, Kiril Despodov, Kaloyan Krastev, Dimitar Iliev, Georgi Yomov, Atanas Iliev

First choice goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov is suspended. 

Northern Ireland Form


Northern Ireland’s hopes of reaching the 2022 World Cup were ended by a 2-0 defeat against Switzerland. Jamal Lewis was sent off in the first half and Switzerland dominated, scoring goals either side of half time.

Ian Baraclough’s side were on a three-match unbeaten streak in Group C before the Switzerland loss. They drew 0-0 with Bulgaria and Switzerland either side of a 4-1 win against Lithuania. 

Northern Ireland Squad & Team News


Goalkeepers: Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Conor Hazard, Liam Hughes
Defenders:  Craig Cathcart, Stuart Dallas, Shane Ferguson, Jamal Lewis, Tom Flanagan, Daniel Ballard, Ciaron Brown, Ryan McLaughlin, Conor Bradley
Midfielders: Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Corry Evans, Paddy McNair, George Saville, Jordan Thompson, Jordan Jones, Carl Winchester
Forwards: Josh Magennis, Conor Washington, Dion Charles, Paul Smyth

Defenders Jonny Evans and Michael Smith and goalkeeper Trevor Carson are injured.

Midfield pair Alistair McCann and Gavin Whyte and striker Shayne Lavery are unavailable. 

Bulgaria vs Northern Ireland Live Stream FAQ

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Verdict

Bulgaria and Northern Ireland have struggled for wins in Group C and I am backing a 1-1 draw.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result $3.10 at Ladbrokes Australia - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score $6.10 at Neds - 1 Unit

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