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Bulgaria vs England Preview: Euro 2012 Qualifying Match

Euro 2012 Qualifying-Group G, England v. Bulgaria, Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia. Sky Sports 1/; 19:15 BST/2:15 EST/11:15 PST,

“Always leave ‘em wanting more.” After a madcap first two weeks, the Premier League steps aside for an international break that’s usually met with indifference and worse by supporters just getting back in the season’s groove. While this weekend offers few sexy matches, much remains in play for next summer’s European Championship.

In Group G, the Bulgarians will be fighting to just to stay alive while England can tighten their tenuous grip on first place. England bludgeoned Bulgaria 4-0 in their first encounter in London a year ago. German legend and former MetroStar Lothar Matthaus took the reins soon after, but the Black Sea Lions remain extreme longshots for qualification.

England’s drubbing of Bulgaria and its successive win against Switzerland to begin their qualification campaign last fall helped to wash out the bitter taste of the World Cup. But since then, two draws and a win against woeful Wales leaves them in a dogfight for the top slot in a weak group. Over the past 12 months they are winless at “Fortress” Wembley; slumping to a goalless draw against Montenegro, drawing against Ghana and Switzerland and losing to an experimental post-World Cup disaster French side.

Today’s match will feature a squad transitioning away from the old guard. A team that recently had a strong Aston Villa flavour to it now may feature many of the Manchester United new boys including Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley, and Ashley Young.

Two more qualification matches await: Wales at Wembley on Tuesday and Montenegro on the road in their final tilt on October 7th that could well determine Group G’s winner.

And if all that is not enough to get your blood racing, England will be debuting their new “galaxy” blue shirts with “regatta blue” shorts and trim. A tad dull compared to their iconic red shirt, but legendary results will produce a legendary look.

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  1. shmeedy24685

    September 2, 2011 at 4:55 pm

    England are actually so boring too watch, they should play more quickly, i fell asleep in the 2nd half, they were so boring!

  2. Fairchild

    September 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Watching the match on ESPN Deportes.. can’t really see the field or the players. this is pathetic

  3. Stephanie

    September 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    1 – 0 england! Cahill!

  4. ranndino

    September 2, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Whoever made the decision to get rid of competition names during the just launched redesign of ESPN3 is an idiot. It now only lists team names, so for example, if you look at upcoming games for today the few Euro 2012 Q games get completely lost among all the beach WC games & there’s no way of knowing what is what. We all need to whine about this as much as possible so they add competition titles back in.

    • ranndino

      September 2, 2011 at 12:05 pm

      You can leave your comment here after clicking on ESPN3:

      • coachie ballgames

        September 2, 2011 at 12:51 pm

        agree with you on Espn3, it shouldn’t be a challenge to find out what they are airing, but it is.

      • ranndino

        September 2, 2011 at 5:46 pm

        Got a reply from them saying they’re aware of the issue & are gonna fix it asap. Some database problem with the new site which isn’t showing the competition title field.

  5. Nigel Tait

    September 2, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I can’t believe espn is not showing this game on tv. All those channels they have espn, espn2, espnu, classic and yet they can’t show this big game. I wish fox had the rights. I know people here always complain about the “production values” of fox vs. espn but at least fox would have the game on one of their channels either fs or +

    • Tuttle

      September 2, 2011 at 1:55 pm

      I don’t think ESPN has the rights either or they’d at least have it on ESPN3. I believe SKY has exclusive rights to the England national team’s away matches (ITV has the home matches).

  6. taimur

    September 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

    England should be able to give Bulgaria and Wales a tubthumping if ya know what I mean. lol. if not, shame on the lads…

  7. Carl Lima

    September 2, 2011 at 10:51 am

    England’s game should not be pay per view…not everyone can pay SKY Sport, its a shame and disappointing that only some can have the privilege.

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