It will be the fifth straight Euro’s appearance for the Russians, and they will try to end their preparational period with a morale-boosting victory, as their international appearances are not that convincing, having only two victories in the last ten matches.
They are coming to this clash after a 1:1 draw last Tuesday on the road to Poland when they played a pretty balance encounter so the outcome didn’t come as a great surprise.
In front of them is a perfect chance for a much-needed win, as the Bulgarians are appearing poorly in their internationals.
The Russians will miss goalkeeper Lunyov (7/0, Zenit), defenders Smolnikov (30/0, Krasnodar), Neustadter (13/1, Dynamo Moscow), Kutepov (13/0, Spartak Moscow), and midfielder Akhmetov (8/0, CSKA Moscow) for this clash.
As mentioned, Bulgaria’s performances are everything but good, as they only managed to be victorious just twice in the last twenty-six matches, coming up with a 1:1 draw in their last friendly encounter on the road to Slovakia.
As their opponents in the upcoming one, they played a, more or less, balanced clash, taking the lead early in the 9th minute, but only to concede an equalizer eighteen minutes later.
The main problem for the visiting side remains their defense, and I am not sure for how long they will be able to endure the pressure that surely awaits them in Russia.
The guests miss defenders Nedyalkov (19/0, Ludogorets), Zanev (46/0, CSKA Sofia), Popov (35/0, Hatayspor), midfielders Kostandinov (28/3, Arsenal Tula), Raynov (8/0, Levski) and forwards Delev (31/2, Arda), and Yomov (6/2, CSKA Sofia) this time.
Russia vs Bulgaria H2H
11.08.10 Russia vs Bulgaria 1 : 0
11.10.97 Russia vs Bulgaria 4 : 2
Far more versatile in every aspect
Surely enough, the Russians will enter this one eager to improve their overall impression and enter the EURO 2020 with a victory behind them. That shouldn’t be much of a challenge for them, as the guests from Bulgaria simply concede too frequently, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all in the case of the home side’s convincing victory in the upcoming friendly.