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Bulgaria - The Netherlands

Bulgaria - The Netherlands

The Bulgarian national football team is visiting the Netherlands tonight in a match that may prove crucial in the fight for the World Cup 2018 in Russia. The qualifying group A is from 19.00 am at the Amsterdam Arena and is entrusted to the Greek referee Anastasios Sidipropoulos.

After the historic 50 years of winning 3-2 against Sweden in Sofia on Thursday, the players of Peter Hubchev will try for the second time this year to upset the "tulips". On March 25, the "lions" beat Arien Robben and a 2-0 victory against Vassil Levski after two goals in the first half of Spas Delev. And while we handled the Tre Crunner a few days ago, the "orange" scored a heavy defeat by 0: 4 when visiting France.

To date, after 7 meetings, Bulgaria ranks third in the 12-point group. Leader is France with 16 points, ahead of Sweden with 13. The Netherlands is in fourth place with 10 points. The other two teams in the group - Belarus and Luxembourg - are 5 and 4 points respectively. In its last two meetings, Bulgaria accepted France on October 7th and visited Luxembourg on October 10th.

In the other two fights in our group tonight Sweden is visiting Belarus and France is taking Luxembourg.

From the composition of the lions for the match in Amsterdam CSKA Sofia defender Bozidar Chorbadzhiyski dropped out who was punished for accumulated yellow cards. In his absence, his place at Vasil Bozhikov in the center of defense in front of Plamen Iliev is expected to take over Georgi Terziev. Ludogorec's defender stayed in the match with the Scandinavians and did not show up on the pitch. The other two in defense should again be Strahil Popov and Peter Zanev, respectively the right and the left back. It is possible in the attack Hubchev to bet on the player in Genoa Andrey Galabinov, who recently made a very strong match against Juventus.

As far as the Dutch are concerned, they will be without penalty penalty for Roma Kevin Stootman who received a red card against France. Having turned against the "cocks" after a two-year-long strike in the national striker team, Robin van Persie, missed the match with Bulgaria because of an injury.