Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria Prediction, 11/18/2020 UEFA Nations League Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Republic of Ireland vs Bulgaria
Date: Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Location: Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland
Odds/Point Spread: Republic of Ireland (-147) Bulgaria (+430)
Todor Nedelev and Bulgaria (0-1-4 in Nations League) are headed to Aviva Stadium on Wednesday where they'll take on Republic of Ireland (0-2-3 in Nations League). The expected starting goaltenders will be Darren Randolph for Republic of Ireland and Georgi Georgiev for Bulgaria. The moneyline on this matchup has Republic of Ireland priced at -147 and the Bulgarians are priced at +430. The over/under has been set at 2.25.
Republic of Ireland as a team have accumulated 1 goal for the tournament, which is 54th in the league. They have launched 59 shots with 17 of them being on target, which calculates to a 28.8% SOT percentage. Their players have been called on 59 fouls and have drawn 59 fouls for the tourney. Republic of Ireland maintains possession for 52.8% of contests.
Matt Doherty is a guy who should impact this matchup for the Irish. He has 5 assists while earning 3 yellow card warnings during his career. Doherty has had a starting assignment in 18 matches thus far in his career while scoring 0.24 goals per 90 mins. The defender from Republic of Ireland has totaled 6 goals scored in 2,249 minutes played. Another player who should impact this match is Robbie Brady, the defender representing Republic of Ireland. Brady has played 29,962 minutes in 321 starts and has earned himself a total of 53 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 60 times during his career and he has scored 197 total goals. He sports an average of 0.59 goals per 90 so far in his career.
The guy defending the goal for Republic of Ireland will be Darren Randolph. Randolph (143-98-141 record in his career) has tallied 107 clean sheets, which has earned him a 28.2% shutout rate. The goalie representing Republic of Ireland has seen 1,683 shots attempted against him in 380 starts. His goals allowed per 90 minutes is 1.28 (487 goals given up) and he has earned a save percentage of .720. Randolph has seen the field for a total of 34,276 minutes and is sitting with 1,202 stops during his soccer career.
Bulgaria has 70 fouls this tournament (25th in Nations League) and they have 64 fouls drawn. So far in the UEFA Nations League, they are controlling possession of the ball 51% of the time. The Bulgarians average a total of 2.2 shots on target per 90 while having earned 2 goals so far. They have been able to hit on 27.5% of their SOT on 40 total shots.
Todor Nedelev should provide a spark for Bulgaria. The midfielder from Bulgaria has played 16,232 professional minutes while scoring 18 goals. He has totaled 35 yellow card cautions in his pro soccer career and has assisted on a goal 9 times. He is currently averaging 0.10 goals per 90 mins and has had a starting assignment in 182 games so far in his career. Be sure to keep an eye out for Bozhidar Kraev, the midfielder representing for Bulgaria. Kraev has been given a total of 10 yellow card cautions in 7,340 professional minutes played (75 career starting assignments). His goals per 90 minute average during his soccer career is 0.26. He has scored 21 goals in his career while helping on a goal 8 times.
Georgi Georgiev is expected to look after the goal for Bulgaria. Georgiev has tallied 18 clean sheets and has defended 173 shots against him in 7,412 minutes in his career. He has earned a save % of .699 and his shutout rate sits at 22.0%. He has conceded 0.98 goals per 90 while earning a record of 27-16-40. In his pro soccer career, Georgiev has allowed 56 goals and has earned 117 stops in 82 starting assignments.
Who will win tonight's UEFA Nations League game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Bulgaria (+430)
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