Netherlands hosts Bulgaria in a match for this stage of the WC Qualification Europe. Losing 4-0 to France on Thursday night was not only a humiliation for the Netherlands – it also means that their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup are very much in tatters. Although, the Netherlands heads into this match with low motivation after a loss, still, they are in a good form, with 3 wins in their last 4 matches. As the Oranges play both the sides immediately above them – Sweden and Bulgaria – as well as Luxembourg, there is the slight glimmer of hope that they could sneak in as runners-up; not least as they have a superior goal difference to Bulgaria, and facing Luxembourg, the bottom side, should be a guaranteed three points. On the other side, Bulgaria is just a point off a possible play-off place. They last reached a World Cup in 1998, and in 1994 made a major impact in reaching the semi-finals in the USA, but success has been difficult to come by since then. They have not qualified for a European Championship since 2004, even though the format was extended to 24 teams last year. Strong work ethic has meant that they have won four games. As they are yet to draw and have tasted defeat on three occasions, their matches are always open and they have scored 12 times, conceding 14. Their standout results have been in beating the Netherlands and, on Thursday night seeing off Sweden 3-2. Both teams need to give their best in order to reach World Cup. In such case, open game and many scoring chances are likely to be seen.
Head To Head Stats:
|25.03.17||WC||Bulgaria||Netherlands||2 : 0|
|26.05.12||FI||Netherlands||Bulgaria||1 : 2|
|08.09.07||EUR||Netherlands||Bulgaria||2 : 0|
|07.10.06||EUR||Bulgaria||Netherlands||1 : 1|
|23.06.74||WC||Bulgaria||Netherlands||1 : 4|