Norway vs Bulgaria
|Date & Time||Thursday September 3, 2015, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Bulgaria 5/4 Draw 23/10 Norway 13/5
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One of the best match ups of Thursday nights will see Norway travel to Sofia to take on Bulgaria with the winner being in pole position to qualify for at least the playoffs for Euro 2016. Bulgaria were terrific against Italy at home when securing a 2-2 draw in March. This is a Bulgaria side that is really rebuilding after the loss of talisman and captain Dimitar Berbatov, led by Mitsanki up top and Popov who is probably the most important player in this Bulgarian side. Bulgaria got off to a slow start in the group but a win here against Norway will put them ahead of the visitors and give them a chance to qualify for Euro 2016 but a loss will all but rule Bulgaria out of the Euro's.
Norway have had a pretty up and down qualifying campaign with a great 2-1 win against bulgaria in Norway but then struggling in losses to Italy and Croatia and a bad home draw with Azerbaijan when they just gcould not find the net. This is going to be a tough game for Norway and they will be looking to star men King and the Real Madrid starlet Martin Odegaard to inspire them to a result here in Sofia. Even a draw here in Bulgaria would be a good result as it would keep norway ahead of Bulgaria in the Group standings.
Really tough one to call here but I am going to go with both teams to score. I like how Norway are set up and I think they have some attacking talent that can hurt a Bulgaria team that have not been solid defensively . This one should be a really good match up and I think both teams find the net. Bulgaria may just nick the win but I think either way both teams score here.