Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Sunday’s Nations League game at Stadion Vasil Levski pits together Bulgaria and Finland. The Finns aim to extend their winning run in Group 4 to four games, but they can’t afford any complacency in their penultimate group match. Albin Granlund has overcome his injury, while talented attacker Marcus Forss has received his first call-up after impressing with Brentford in the Championship.
Fredrik Jensen, though, is out of contention through injury. The Bulgarians, on the other hand, will be without Ludogorets goalkeeper Plamen Iliev (injury) and Arsenal Tula midfielder Georgi Kostadinov (coronavirus). Anyhow, Finland want this win more than Bulgaria, and we predict that Norwich City attacker Teemu Pukki and Co. are going to prove their worth on the field. When the two teams met in Helsinki last month Finland recorded a routine 2-0 win over Bulgaria, which is yet another reason why away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Vladislav Stoyanov):
Stoyanov is a Bulgarian goalkeeper playing for PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. The 29-year-old shot stopper is also a member of the Bulgarian national football team with his Cristiano Ronaldo penalty save in an unexpected 1-0 away friendly win over Portugal remaining the highlight of his international career so far.
Stoyanov had previously saved another penalty from Real Madrid star in his team’s 2-1 loss to the reigning European champions in 2014. Stoyanov is an experienced goalkeeping veteran who has played for Naftex Burgas, Pomorie, Chernomorets and Sheriff Tiraspol before arriving in Razgrad in 2013.
Stoyanov had a fairly successful three-year spell in Moldova, having won two Moldovan National Division titles and one Moldovan Cup.The 2014 Bulgarian Footballer of the Year, Vladislav Stoyanov has made over 90 league appearances for Ludogorets and will be one of the key members in his club’s UEFA Champions League campaign, also one of the rare Bulgarian players in this Brazilian-studded team.
Highlighted Team (Finland):
Finland national football team played their first international game before the World War 1. The Finns were beaten by fellow Nordic side Sweden (2-5) on October 22, 1911, but eleven years later they recorded their biggest ever win on the international stage.
Finland outclassed Estonia 10-2 in Helsinki and, speaking of their heaviest defeat, the team suffered a 13-0 loss to Germany in Leipzig during the World War II (1940). Finland national team became a member of FIFA back in 1908, but they have yet to qualify for the finals of the major tournament. The Finns did not participate in the European Championship finals as well, but several top-class footballers were part of their national football team in the past.
Former Liverpool ace Jari Litmanen scored 32 goals in 137 appearances for Finland and Sami Hyypia is yet another notable footballer who played for the Eagle-owls. The colour of Finland’s home kits is white, while they play their away games in blue shirts and blue shorts.