Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Nacionalen Stadion Vasil Levski will host Thursday’s World Cup qualifier between Bulgaria and Switzerland. The Bulgarians failed to qualify for Euro 2021 finals, and, to make things even worse for the fans, they finished their UEFA Nations League campaign in the ultimate position in the standings. New boss Yasen Petrov is on a quest to bring glory days back to Sofia, but his men face a difficult task in the opener against Switzerland.
The Rossocrociati, on the other hand, aim to build on a 3-0 win over Ukraine. Vladimir Petkovic is still in charge of the national team, with the Bosnian tactician relying on a number of high-profile and experienced players. Benfica attacker Haris Seferovic, who has been scoring goals for fun of late, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. Since both Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri are fit for the match, away win should be considered.
Highlighted Player (Georgi Terziev):
Georgi Terziev is a defender who was born in Sliven, Bulgaria on April 18, 1992. Terziev’s main position is centre-back, but he is often used as a full-back and it has to be noted that he is a two-footed footballer. The Bulgaria international started his youth career at his home-town club Sliven and then he moved to Naftex Burgas.
After making nine appearances for the club at senior level, Georgi Terziev joined Chernomorets Burgas in 2009. The defender played for the Sharks from 2009 to 2013 and the he decided to take his career to the next level. Georgi Terziev signed for big-spending Bulgarian side Ludogorets on August 12, 2013 for a fee of €500,000 and he quickly established himself as a first-team regular at the club.
However, in 2017 he played eight games for Croatian side Hajduk Split on loan, but he returned to Razgrad at the end of the 2016/2017 season. Speaking of his international career, Georgi Terziev made his debut for the Bulgaria national football team in October, 2011 in a friendly game against Ukraine.
Highlighted Team (Switzerland):
While missing the first ever World Cup, Switzerland played at next four, reaching the quarter-finals on three occasions, but they were unable to repeat the success in next six appearances. Nati reached the first knockout stage in 1994, 2006 and 2014, but they couldn’t make the next step.
When it comes to their European Championship appearances, the situation is even worse, as the team only qualified for the 1996, 2004 and 2016 finals, while they automatically qualified for the 2008 tournament together with co-hosts Austria. Switzerland national team of late have profited from the multicultural environment, as they appear to have closed the gap behind top European sides and also adopted a more adventurous style of play.
The new generation is probably the most talented yet, with players like Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka, Stephan Lichtsteiner, Ricardo Rodriguez and Valon Behrami all held in high regard. Nati now have a unique chance to try and reach the closing stages of a major tournament as their key men are either at their peak or will be there in the next couple of years.