Denmark vs Bulgaria

March 25, 2013
By: Nemanja Lazarevic

Together with Czech Republic, the two sides are locked in the battle for the second place in the standings, meaning the outcome of this match could make things in Group B a lot clearer. Boosted by the impressive win over the Czechs, Denmark hope to continue the good run and edge closer to a place at the tournament finals, while Bulgaria would probably settle for one place from Parken.

Denmark back in business

Over the last decade or so, Denmark managed to establish themselves as one of the top national teams in Europe, and they are no longer there only to make the numbers up. The Danes produced a very good showing at the Euro 2012, having almost managed to progress from the group of death, although they didn’t have such a good start to the 2014 World Cup qualifiers. Difficult fixture list certainly played a part as they had to play Czech Republic at home and Italy and Bulgaria away, but two points from the first three games was, nevertheless, a very disappointing result. Everything finally came into place on Friday, as Denmark produced a stunning performance to record a 3-0 away win over Czech Republic, and they are now expected to build on that result and see off Bulgaria as well. The return of key midfielder William Kvist and vociferous support from the stands should serve as additional boosts for Morten Olsen’s men.

The Stuttgart midfielder is back to the side after sitting out the Czech Republic game through suspension, with Nikolai Stokholm set to make way.

Bulgaria still unbeaten

Unlike their next opponents, Bulgaria have been on a major downtrend over the last few years, with the likes of Berbatov, Martin Petrov and Stiliyan Petrov retiring from the national team and little fresh talent coming through the ranks. Having finished at rock bottom of their Euro 2012 qualifying group, Bulgaria have been showing a lot of potential in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but it is a bit too early to call them favourites for the second place in the standings. The reality is that Luboslav Penev’s side took great advantage of the easy fixture list that saw them play four of five games at home, and that was the main reason behind their 2-3-0 record. The away fixture against in-form Denmark will be the first real test for the hugely inexperienced side, and the 6-0 victory over Malta could make the players overconfident ahead of the clash in Kobenhavn.

With Stanislav Manolev set to return from injury, Luboslav Penev has a clean bill of health ahead of the crunch qualifier.


Denmark’s quality and experience have got to count for something, and their scintillating display in Czech Republic is enough to suggest Morten Olsen’s side are fully prepared for this all-important clash. Bulgaria may be in good form at the moment, but they don’t seem to have what it takes to match one of Europe’s top sides away from home.

Top pick: Home win   1.67 (2/3) @ William Hill

Alternative pick 1: Denmark to score two or more   1.85 (17/20) @ Ladbrokes

Alternative pick 2: Denmark/Denmark   2.60 (8/5) @ BetVictor

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