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Bulgaria vs Hungary - EURO 2020 Playoff A - Betting tips and game preview

Last updated: 13 Jan 10:41

The two national teams have a last chance to grab a place in EURO 2020 they will meet each other at Vasil Levski stadium in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgaria hosts Hungary in a semi-final playoff at home field. The game will be played as a single match, and the winner will host the winner of the other semi-final between Iceland and Romania. At this time, the team of Hungary is pointed out by the bookmakers as a favourite to win the game, but the host advantage definitely increases the chances for Bulgaria's national team.

When does Bulgaria vs Hungary start? Thursday 8 October 2021 - 20:45 (CET)

Where the match will be played? - Sofia - Vasil Levski stadium - capacity 44000

Important details

Bulgaria

The national team of Bulgaria missed to qualify directly for EURO 2020, neither through qualifications nor through UEFA Nations League due to some poor performance. However, luck is very important in football, and now the Bulgarians have a third chance to take part in the most important football tournament in Europe. At its home field - Vasil Levski stadium, the team will be motivated as never to show the best of its abilities and to finally qualify for a big tournament after 16 years of missing the ‘’big football’’. The lack of stars and experienced names in the Bulgarian team is compensated by young players, who will try to make their country a proud participant in EURO 2020 in the last moment. The team qualified for the playoffs through its performance in UEFA Nations League, where it finished second in its group. However, during the qualification process, the Bulgarian team disappointed its fans and finished in the fourth position in its group. The squad won only one game, made three draws, and lost four matches. Looking at the statistics, Bulgaria scored only six goals and received seventeen, which means that the new coach Georgi Dermendzhiev has to apply his experience as soon as possible in order to help the team to be more successful this time. The bookmakers are very pessimistic and don’t believe that Bulgaria has huge chances. Still, as it is well known, even the small teams are capable of doing great things when the team is focused and each and every player is aiming towards common goal - to join the European Championship.

Hungary

Same as its opponent, Hungary disappointed its fans and failed to get a ticket for EURO 2020 through the qualifications. The team finished fourth in its group, and lost its chances to qualify, although it had opportunities just right up to the last game. In the last match, Hungary lost a crucial clash against Wales and didn't succeed to join directly in EURO 2020. This had significant impact on both players and fans mood. Luckily, the team performed better in its UEFA Nations League group, and now Hungary has a last chance to enter the European Championship through playoffs. The team should be very motivated to show its best, because as we said in our EURO 2020 betting guide, one of the host stadiums is in Hungary’s capital Budapest – the Puskas Ferenc Stadion. Unlike Bulgaria, Hungary has experienced players, who mostly play in Germany and the Hungarian Championship. However, the footballers are quite infamous, and we have to admit that they don’t have any exceptional skills, which can make them a strong favourite to win the game against Bulgaria. The bookmakers' odds are around 2.20 for Hungary to win the game, which can be considered as a good opportunity to back them.

Head-to-head statistics

The teams have played 25 times against each other. Hungary won 12 of the games, and 7 games finished as a draw. Bulgaria won the other six games. The last meeting between the teams was in a friendly match in 2012, and it ended as a draw - 1:1.

Bulgaria vs Hungary Betting Tips by Betting.com

It is hard to predict which team has better chances to win, as both sides should be very motivated to succeed to qualify for EURO 2020 at the last moment. However, our honest opinion is that the Bulgarians will use their home advantage and win this game. You can find early betting odds at around 3.30 for that market.

Betting Tip - Bulgaria to win at odds around 3.30 (which are available at the majority of the bookmakers).

Other Tips and Betting odds

Betting.com members are always welcome to take advantage of all of our predictions, which we give in the game previews for each game of EURO 2020. Still, if you need more betting tips, we suggest you check our Market Place, where all of our verified tipsters will be and are providing betting tips for EURO 2020 qualifications and main events. As always, the bookmakers' provide a vast selection of betting markets and odds, which can be found easily on our Odds Comparison.

Next Games

There is one more step for the winner of this game to get a place in EURO 2020. It will face the winner of the match between Iceland and Romania. We will support you with a game preview and betting tips for the final playoff.

12 November

Bulgaria/Hungary vs Iceland/Romania - Betting tips and preview are coming soon.

Author:

Teemu Maarela

Esports & Ice Hockey Specialist

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Teemu is an enthusiastic Finn who spent his childhood around ice hockey and video games, and he has 10+ years of experience with sports betting industry. Teemu specialises in analysing esports and ice hockey games. He contributes to Betting.com website in English, writing about his two passions - ice hockey and esports.
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