On Thursday evening, Bulgaria takes on Gibraltar in the UEFA Nations League, knowing that only a win will keep them in contention for promotion from Group C4.
Gibraltar has began their season with two losses, while the visitors have only one point from their initial double-header.
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While Bulgaria used to compete in big tournaments, that era appears to have past, with the country now languishing in the Nations League’s third division.
Being placed in a group with forward-thinking teams like Georgia and North Macedonia provided an opportunity to demonstrate that they can still find consistency on the international scene, but it also revealed that they are still on the slide.
After a draw with North Macedonia, Bulgaria was shocked to lose 5-2 at home to Georgia, forcing head coach Yasen Petrov to retire.
Yasen Petrov, who joins the camp on an interim basis, replaces him at a time when the team’s solitary win in eight attempts came at home against Northern Ireland a year ago
they’ve scored in each of their past four games, with Kiril Despodov scoring three of their last five goals.
Gibraltar, on the other hand, has failed to score in the same time span, with a winless record of 19 games in all competitions.
Nonetheless, having gained promotion from the fourth division and forging new ground for the country, there must be some perspective throughout this Nations League campaign.
Gibraltar last played Bulgaria in a friendly match in November 2020 with Bulgaria winning with three goals.
Gibraltar is likely to struggle for goals and points this season, and we anticipate that trend to continue on Thursday. Bulgaria isn’t in very strong shape, but the past World Cup players should be able to earn an easy victory.