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Northern Ireland lost their opening World Cup qualifier against Italy and Bulgaria lost their first two qualifiers, so both teams will be keen to have at least one point on the board following this game. Both countries are in poor form and we're expecting a very tight and tense 90-minutes on Wednesday. Read on to find all our predictions for the World Cup qualifiers between Northern Ireland and Bulgaria.

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Draw

With these two nations both in poor form heading into Wednesday's clash, a draw appears to be the most likely result. Bulgaria have actually won their last three games against Northern Ireland, but all were via a 1-goal margin. The host shave lost five and drawn one of their last six internationals while Bulgaria have lost four, drawn one and won one of their last six outings.

Under 2.5 Goals

Under 2.5 goals have been scored in five of the last six meetings between Northern Ireland and Bulgaria. Three of Northern Ireland's and three of Bulgaria's last six international matches have also produced under 2.5 goals, so you can see why we're expecting a low-scoring game on Wednesday.

1-1 Draw

Both teams have scored in four of Northern Ireland's last five matches while two of Bulgaria's last four outings have ended with both teams scoring. Northern Ireland haven't kept a clean sheet in any of their last three home games, which is why we're backing a final scoreline of 1-1 on Wednesday night.

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Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria

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Two countries looking for their first points of the qualifiers lock horns

Northern Ireland suffered a 2-0 defeat in Italy in their first qualifying match and will be desperate to get their first points on the board when they face Bulgaria at Windsor Park. With Jonny Evans commanding the defence and the experience of Kyle Lafferty up-front, Northern Ireland certainly have enough about them to avoid defeat and possible beat Bulgaria on Wednesday, but their form suggests that victory is unlikely. Evans was replaced at half-time during the Italy game and his replacement, Saville, could start ahead of him against Bulgaria.

Bulgaria will have to be more strong defensively if they are to move off 0pts on Wednesday night. The visitors lost 3-1 against Switzerland and then 2-0 at home to Italy, two countries that are expected to finish above them in Group C. Bulgaria claimed a goalless draw against the Republic of Ireland in their last away game and seem to lack a natural goalscorer in their squad. Delev has netted 2-goals in 31 games, Despodov has scored 2-goals in 16 appearances, Galabinov is on 2-goals from 12 matches, while Iliev and Yomov have both scored 2-goals in under 10-caps, so you can see how much Bulgaria are in desperate need of a natural goalscorer.

FAQ about Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria

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  • Who's the favourite? – Northern Ireland are the slight favourites
  • Where can I watch the game? – Sky Sports Football
  • Where is the game being played? – Windsor Park (Belfast)

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