Our prediction for this Nations League match:
High-flying Georgia will look to keep their 100% record intact in Group 4 when they host Bulgaria to their Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena on Sunday. The Georgians have been scoring goals for fun in the UEFA Nations League, and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play against Bulgaria. Dinamo Batumi attacker Zuriko Davitashvili is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts, while Ujpest forward Budu Zivzivadze will be yet another man to watch in the home side.
The Bulgarians, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-1 draw with Gibraltar, and seeing that they were hammered by Georgia (2-5) in Sofia, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise. Ludogorets ace Kiril Despodov is back to the starting XI, while Sparta Prague forward Martin Minchec should continue to lead the line for the visitors after scoring the opener against Gibraltar.
Highlighted Player (Giorgi Makaridze):
Born in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 31, 1990, Giorgi Makaridze is a goalkeeper who plays for Vitoria Setubal in Primeira Liga. After starting his youth career at Dinamo Tbilisi, Giorgi Makaridze made nine appearances for Dinamo Tbilisi reserve team from 2006 to 2008. In 2009 the Georgian shot-stopper moved to Le Mans, signing a four-year contract with the French outfit for a fee of €85,000.
Giorgi Makaridze played for the likes of Doxa Katokopia, Feirense, Moreirense, and Rio Ave as well before joining Vitoria Setubal in 2019. The Georgian goalkeeper made his Primeira Liga debut on February 23, 2019, in a 1-1 draw with Vitoria Guimaraes.
The experienced shot-stopper managed to keep four clean sheets in 11 appearances for Vitoria Setubal in the 2018/2019 Primeira Liga season. Giorgi Makaridze has six caps for the Georgia U21 team, and nowadays, he represents Georgia at the senior level. The Vitoria Setubal goalkeeper wears the number 90 jersey.
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.