Preview:International Friendly -- Russia VS Bulgaria

International Friendly - Russia VS Bulgaria

Match Time: 05-06-2021 20:30 Saturday

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Match Preview

In this round of International Friendly, Russia will play against Bulgaria at home.Even with a couple of the big-hitters missing as Russia seek to avoid any further fitness concerns before this summer's tournament, they still managed to go toe-to-toe with a Robert Lewandowski-less Poland and come away with their heads held high in a 1-1 draw.Poland took just four minutes to draw first blood as Jakub Swierczok tapped home, but Stanislav Cherchesov's side were level on the 20-minute mark as Vyacheslav Karavaev met Aleksandr Golovin's looping cross at the back post and powered home through the legs of Lukasz Fabianski.Of course, the story could have been a whole lot different had Lewandowski been given the freedom to unleash his prolific powers, but with the Bayern Munich man watching on from the bench throughout the 90 minutes, Russia claimed a credible draw ahead of Saturday's less daunting fixture.On a similar note to that of Lewandowski, Russia have been boosted by the news that Belgium's Kevin De Bruyne is likely to miss their opening clash of Euro 2020 through injury, but Cherchesov's side still have their work cut out if they are to get one over the world's top-ranked nation.Scandinavian duo Denmark and Finland also have equal aspirations of a place in the knockout rounds of Euro 2020, so Russia can take nothing for granted in Group B, but they have a prime opportunity to lay down a marker with a dominant showing against Bulgaria.Bulgaria coach Yasen Petrov pictured on March 25, 2021

 

A Slovakia team aiming to make a statement of intent before the European Championship was expected to breeze past a Bulgaria side without the wind in their sails, so it came as a surprise to see Atanas Iliev break the deadlock for the visitors with eight minutes on the clock.However, the forward's first goal for the national team was soon cancelled out by Laszlo Benes after 26 minutes, and there were no more goals to be had as the two sides shook hands on a stalemate which would have pleased Bulgaria much more than Slovakia.Then again, that 1-1 draw did stretch Bulgaria's winless run across all competitions to six matches, and Yasen Petrov is still searching for that elusive first win in the dugout since replacing Georgi Dermendzhiev at the helm.With no Euros to take into account, Bulgaria can afford to go all out in their three friendly fixtures, but they face a monumental challenge against world champions France three days after locking horns with Russia, and their last win away from home came all the way back in September 2018.Bulgaria's only win in their four meetings with Russia to date came all the way back in 1997 during qualifying for Euro 1998, and the two sides will be going head-to-head on Saturday for the first time since 2010, during which Dick Advocaat's Russia claimed a 1-0 win in a friendly.

 

Russia possible starting lineup:Shunin; Diveev, Dzhikiya, Semenov; Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Zhirkov; Miranchuk, Cheryshev; Dzyuba.

 

Bulgaria possible starting lineup:Naumov; Turitsov, P.Hristov, Antov, Bozhikov; Malinov, Vitanov; Despodov, Kraev, Tsvetanov; A.Iliev.

 

Odds Analysis

The bet365 1x2 first odds of this game are 1.44-4.00-6.50, the 1x2 live odds are 1.40-4.00-7.50. And the Kelly Criterion is 0.91-0.94-0.89.Therefore, Russia is expected higher in this game.

 

Goalooin Prediction:

Russia (65.08%)

Draw (22.78%)

Bulgaria (12.15%)

 

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