Our prediction for this match:
France will be looking to build on a 3-0 win over Wales when they take on Bulgaria in a pre-EURO friendly at Stade de France. Les Tricolores have been ambitions for the upcoming showpiece tournament, and, no doubt, they want to get an extra confidence boost ahead of their opener against Germany. Despite failing to find the net on his return to the national team, Karim Benzema should continue to lead the line for the hosts.
PSG ace Kylian Mbappe will be yet another man to watch in the home team. The Bulgarians, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Russia, and given their seven-game winless run, we believe that punters can find value in betting on Didier Deschamps’ troops. When the two teams met in the World Cup qualifiers in October 2017 France defeated Bulgaria thanks to Blaise Matuidi’s goal.
Highlighted Player (N Golo Kante):
Born in Paris in 1991, N’Golo Kante spent his early career playing for French minnows Boulogne and Caen, but he didn’t need a lot of time to catch the eye of high-profile clubs. The holding midfielder was on the verge of joining Marseille in the summer of 2015 when Leicester City submitted a £5.6 million for his services and he eventually signed for the King Power Stadium outfit.
Destiny appears to have played a part in the move as Kante would go on to become one of leading Premier League footballers in an unbelievable season that ended with the Foxes winning the Premiership trophy. Having deservedly been nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award, Kante would also receive the first ever call-up for the national team in March 2016, and he impressed in his first two appearances, scoring a goal in the 4-2 triumph over Russia.
A combative midfielder with an amazing pair of lungs, Kante impressed Premier League fans and pundits alike, and he will probably go down as one of the best holding midfielders to have ever played for an English club.
Highlighted Team (Bulgaria):
Bulgaria national football team are well known for their “Golden generation” of players led by Hristo Stoichkov. The Bulgarian football legend was producing thrilling performances for the national team at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in USA and he helped the Lions make it to the semi-finals of the tournament.
The likes of Trifon Ivanov, Krasimir Balakov and Yordan Letchkov enjoyed a very successful tournament as well and, no doubt, they recorded a historical result at the 1994 FIFA World Cup. The Bulgarians defeated Germany in the quarter-finals, but Italy proved to be a big catch for Dimitar Penev’s team. Bulgaria eventually suffered a heavy loss to Sweden in the third-place playoffs. Nowadays, Bulgaria struggle in qualifiers for major tournaments and it has to be noted that they have not participated at the finals since 1994.
Vasil Levski National Stadium is considered Bulgaria’s home ground and the capacity of the stadium is 43.320. Bulgaria wear white shirts, green shorts and white socks when playing at home, whilst green and red are their second colours.