Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria Predictions
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- Northern Ireland have scored one or fewer times in 17 of their last 18 matches.
- Bulgaria have notched one or fewer times in 16 of their last 17 away fixtures.
- Bulgaria have won only one of their last 18 away fixtures.
- Bulgaria have failed to score in five of their last six away contests.
Northern Ireland targeting first win
Having failed to upset the odds in Italy last week in their Group C opener, Northern Ireland have a better opportunity to get their World Cup qualification campaign up and running at home to an uninspiring Bulgaria outfit on Wednesday.
Northern Ireland failed to score in their 2-0 reverse against the Italians, indeed, their lack of thrust in the final third has scuppered most of their best laid plans over the past two seasons.
The shortage of goals in their team is a major problem, and veteran striker Kyle Lafferty – who remains the squad’s highest scorer – hasn’t found the net for his country since 2016.
Bulgaria rock bottom
Little is expected of Bulgaria in Group C, and they started their World Cup expedition in predictable fashion with successive home defeats to section favourites Switzerland and Italy.
Outside their borders, the Bulgarians have won just once in their last 18 attempts, and their haul of just one goal from their last six games on the road highlights their dearth of quality in attack.
Few goals expected in Belfast
Northern Ireland have scored one or fewer times in 17 of their last 18 matches, and on Wednesday, Ian Baraclough’s toothless outfit host a Bulgaria team that has notched one or fewer times in 16 of their last 17 away fixtures.
It’s not a stretch to assume that we shouldn’t expect fireworks at Windsor Park then in what will likely be a battle for inches in Belfast. Each of Bulgaria’s last four matches on their travels produced under 2.5 goals and the same market appeals at the prices on offer this week.
Northern Ireland did at least, manage to score once in four of their last five home games, despite their failure to turn those efforts into positive results, though a single strike on Wednesday could be enough to eke out a victory.
Bulgaria drew a blank in five of their last six games beyond their borders, and our 1-0 correct score prediction tips the Green and White Army to squeeze three points out of a tough qualifier.