Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Bulgaria play host to Wales at their Nacionalen Stadion Vasil Levski in what is expected to be a very entertaining game. Bulgaria have slim chances of securing promotion to League A, and, no doubt, the team’s new goal is to avoid relegation to League C. The Bulgarians are likely to fight tooth and nail against Wales, but keep in mind that the game will be played behind closed doors.
Seeing that Georgi Dermendzhiev’s men were anything but brilliant in a 2-0 loss to Finland, we do not believe that home win should be considered. The Dragons, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in the standings, but they will have to do it without injured ace Gareth Bale. Anyhow, away win should be considered as there were some positivities in the team’s display in a goalless draw with Republic of Ireland. In Bale’s absence, a man to watch in the away team will be Aaron Ramsey, who has overcome his injury.
Highlighted Player (Dimitar Evtimov):
Dimitar Evtimov is a Bulgarian goalkeeper who plays for Accrington Stanley in the League One. The 190-cm tall shot-stopper played for the likes of Volov Shumen and Chavdar Etropole during his youth career and he continued playing for the Chavdar Stadium outfit at senior level.
Dimitar Evtimov then decided to take a step forward in his career as he signed for English club Nottingham Forest in April 2011. After spending a brief time loan at Ilkeston, he signed a loan deal with Gainsborough Trinity in November, 2011. The Bulgarian goalkeeper played for the likes of Nuneaton Town, Mansfield Town, Olhanense and Port Vale on loan as well before signing a contract with Burton Albion in September, 2018.
However, seeing that he was hungry for a first-team football at Pirelli Stadium, Dimitar Evtimov decided to move to Accrington Stanley in the winter of 2019. He was on the verge of keeping a clean sheet on his Acctington debut, but the capital club eventually broke the deadlock, winning the game 1-0.
Highlighted Team (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date.
Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015.
Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.