BULGARIA V NORTH IRELAND
Bulgaria will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 3-1 WC Qualifiers - Europe loss in their previous game against Lithuania.
In that game, Bulgaria managed 55% possession and 15 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Bulgaria was Kiril Despodov (64'). On the other side, Lithuania got 16 attempts at goal with 5 on target. Lasickas (18') and Fiodor Černych (82', 84') scored for Lithuania.
It has been seldom in recent games where Bulgaria have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Bulgaria have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 9 goals in the process. Historical results aside, we’ll just have to find out if that pattern might continue on in this match or not.
Following on from tasting defeat last time out to Switzerland in WC Qualifiers - Europe competition, Northern Ireland and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Northern Ireland managed 28% possession and 2 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Switzerland had 27 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Steven Zuber (45') and Christian Fassnacht (90') scored for Switzerland.
The trend of at least one team not scoring a goal in games involving Northern Ireland has been evident recently. Looking at their last six games reveals that this has occurred 5 times. In those clashes, their opponents have managed a goal total of 2 and Northern Ireland have scored 8.
Prediction: Both team to score
KOSOVO V GEORGIA
Kosovo will be hoping for a better result after a 3-0 WC Qualifiers - Europe defeat last time out to Sweden.
In that match, Kosovo managed 45% possession and 11 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Sweden had 19 shots at goal with 10 on target. Emil Forsberg (29'), Alexander Isak (62') and Quaison (79') scored for Sweden.
Bernard Challandes's Kosovo have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a sum total of 5 times over their prior 6 outings. At the other end, the tally of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures is 7.
Since being beaten in their last game against Greece in WC Qualifiers - Europe competition, Georgia and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Georgia had 45% possession and 3 shots at goal with 2 on target. At the other end, Greece had 16 shots on goal with 8 on target. Dimitris Pelkas (90') and Anastasios Bakasetas (90') scored for Greece.
The stats don’t lie, and Georgia have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 13 goals in all. At the back, Georgia have not been doing too well.
Prediction: Over 2.5 Goals
SWEDEN V GREECE
Sweden, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 3-0 WC Qualifiers - Europe success versus Kosovo.
In that match, Sweden managed 55% possession and 19 shots at goal with 10 of them on target. For Sweden, goals were scored by Emil Forsberg (29'), Alexander Isak (62') and Quaison (79'). Kosovo had 11 attempts at goal with 3 on target.
Sweden haven’t had any problems with scoring, hitting the target every time they’ve gone out to play in their last 6 matches.
They have claimed a sum of 10 during that period and have conceded a total of 8.
Greece will go into the game following on from a 0-2 WC Qualifiers - Europe win over Georgia in their previous match.
In that match, Greece managed 55% possession and 16 attempts at goal with 8 of them on target. For Greece, the scorers were Dimitris Pelkas (90') and Anastasios Bakasetas (90'). Georgia had 3 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target.
Greece have regularly broken through opposing defences in their most recent fixtures, scoring 7 goals in their previous 6 matches. Having said that, Greece have had their own issues at the back, also conceding in 5 of those same matches. Still, we must now wait to see whether the trend shall continue on in this next game or not.
Prediction: Both team to score
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