Kick-off: 1400, 06/09/2020
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Wales kicked off their Nations League campaign with a gutsy win in Finland and are fancied to follow up by edging out Bulgaria in Cardiff.
The visitors started out by drawing at home to Republic of Ireland but look there for the taking after having less than 40% of possession in Sofia.
We like 11/10 for a home win to nil as our first Wales vs Bulgaria prediction.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Kieffer Moore’s 80th-minute finish from close range secured a 1-0 win for Wales at Helsinki’s Olympic Stadium, following a fine cross from Manchester United winger Daniel James.
The Dragons earlier had to ride their luck when Leo Vaisanen volleyed a golden opportunity against the post from a yard out.
However, that was still an encouraging effort against a team which had won nine of their previous 10 home games.
Ryan Giggs said: “It was difficult because not many of the players have had minutes on the pitch, being so early in the season.
“A lot of the Finnish players have played games and are more match fit, but I thought we worked really hard, showed good desire and concentration.”
Wayne Hennessey set a new clean sheet record for Wales with his 35th shut-out, eclipsing the 34 managed by Neville Southall in the 1980s and 1990s.
Giggs has established a formation which is tough to break down, having beaten Azerbaijan and Hungary 2-0 in their final two games of 2019.
Looking at the Wales vs Bulgaria odds, we’re taking 2/1 for the Dragons to prevail and under 2.5 goals in the game again here.
A Look At Bulgaria’s Betting Odds
Bulgaria looked on course to upset Ireland thanks to Bozhidar Kraev’s 56th-minute strike, but Shane Duffy’s stoppage-time header made it 1-1 at the Vasil Levski Stadium.
The visitors dominated for long periods of that contest and Georgi Dermendzhiev’s side may struggle to cope with the passing and movement of Wales as well.
Their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign was only moderate, winning just one of eight games to finish a distant fourth behind England, who thrashed them 6-0 and 4-0.
Wales should benefit from Gareth Bale being sharper for his first-half run-out in Finland, while Moore is keen to build on their opening victory.
He said: “Winning is a mindset and I don’t think we’re ever going to stray from that. We will do everything as a team we can to keep winning.
“We are all at different stages of fitness and to get that win under our belt to go again on Sunday is massive for us – and it’s only going to help us going forward.”
Let’s finish off our Wales vs Bulgaria betting tips by taking 11/2 for a 2-0 home win.
Finland 0-1 WALES – Kieffer Moore
BULGARIA 1-1 Republic of Ireland – Bozhidar Kraev
Head-to-head: Bulgaria 0-1 Wales, Wales 0-1 Bulgaria, Bulgaria 0-1 Wales, Wales 0-0 Bulgaria
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