UEFA Euro qualifiers 2024
As the UEFA EURO champions 2024 qualifiers round is being online, Bulgaria vs Montengro preview as the match is about to held on Bulgaria’s home ground on Friday.
Bulgaria vs Montengro Preview
Joining Hungary, Lithuania and Serbia in group c, Bulgaria and Montengro will both enjoy their clash against each other reaching the competition.
Following the resignation of Yasen Petrov, Bulgaria appointed Mladen Krstajic as the manager in July 2022. The New manager wasted in no time in turning things around after his appointment at Bulgaria.
The Bulgaria started the Krstajic era with a 5-1 thrashing of Gibraltor before claiming clean sheets victories over Macedonia and Bulgaria, with a goalless draw against Luxembourg in November with a four game unbeaten streak.
Having three wins and one draw since the arrival of Krstajic’s arrival, scoring eight goals while conceding just once, the Bulgarians will be confident of enjoying a successful qualifying campaign in the upcoming months.
Bulgaria have only featured at two European championships over the years, exiting the group stage in 1996 and 2004, Krstajic’s men could be the team to end the nation’s two decade wait for major tournament football.
As for the Brave Falcons, they have failed to qualify to the European championships since Serbia and Montenegro’s breaking the team back in 2006.
Montengro endured a winless campaign qualifying for euro 2020, recording three draws and five losses to finish rock bottom of their group, three goals scored and 22 conceded.
Miodrag Radulovic was replaced by Faruk Hadzibegic as manager following that campaign, but the current manager has failed to transform the team’s fortunes overseeing six wins, six draws and 10 losses since taking the reins in dec 2020.
Montengro failed to win in any of the four games, suffering three defeats without scoring but they have also managed to win only one match with previous seven. So, Radulovic’s men will likely struggle to hit the ground running in Razgrad. The Portugal vs Leichtenstein match concluded with the victory of Portugal in the qualifiers match in european championship with 4-0.
Team Injury news
Fourteen of the 24 players in Bulgaria squad play for club’s in Bulgaria, including captain KIril Despodov and Forward Spas Delev for most games.
Having made four appearances for Lions, Nikola Lliev Intermilan Midfielder, could join Werder Bremen will be playing behalf of the hosts.
Ivan Dyulgerov, Ivaylo Markov, Hristiyan Petrov and Stanislav Shopov are all in line to make their international debuts on Friday, although the newcomers are expected to start on the bench.
With 31 international goals under his belt, Montenegro captain Stevan Jovetic will lead the line for the visitors, while Atletico Madrid centre-back Stefan Savic will marshal the defence.
Lazio’s Adam Marusic is likely to join Savic in the backline, with Celtic’s Sead Haksabanovic expected to operate in a more advanced role.
Vladan Bubanja is the only member of Montenegro’s squad without a senior international cap, so the 24-year-old midfielder will be eager to prove himself to Miodrag Radulovic.
Bulgaria vs Montengro head to head stats
They had six meetings out of which each team had a victory and other four matches resulted in a draw.
Their last match in the Euro qualifiers 2020 resulted in a goalless draw at Stadion pod Goricom.
Montengro has been undefeated in last four games in the fixture.
The Bulgarian have three clean sheets in their last matches.
Montengro have just one game in home away ground back to October 2021.
Bulgaria has been sitting in 69th place in the table and montengro is sitting in 71st place in the table.
Bulgaria vs Montengro Preview and Prediction
After Krstajic appointed as a new manager of the team, Bulgaria have scored eight goals and conceded across three wins and draw, it will be a victory for Bulgaria with ease over Montengro, as they struggled to get a win out of seven meetings. It would be 2-0 goal and a comfortable victory for Bulgaria