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      Bulgaria vs Hungary Preview, Tips & Stats

      Bulgaria welcomes Hungary to the Hristo Botev Stadium this Thursday for the penultimate week of the UEFA Euros Qualifiers. Top of the group Hungary look to take three points from bottom of the group Bulgaria to give them full control of the group.

      Bulgaria currently sit rock bottom of Group G after six games. In these six games, Bulgaria have two draws and four losses which leaves them on two points, four points from fourth place Lithuania and 12 points from Hungary.

      In their last five games in all competitions, Bulgaria have one draw and four losses. Bulgaria took the lead just minutes into the second half and held on to the lead until the 96th minute when Darko Lazovic grabbed the equaliser for the 1 - 1 draw for Bulgaria and Serbia. In a friendly, Bulgaria took on Iran. Mohammad Mohebi scored the only goal of the game in the 14th minute to give Iran the 1 - 0 win.

      Stefan Savic opened the scoring for Montenegro in the added time of the first half, but the Montenegro dominance was hindered by the sending off of Igor Vujacic in the 59th minute. Preslav Borukov equalised in the 79th minute for Bulgaria but another 96th minute goal would take points away from Bulgaria as Stevan Jovetic scored to give Montenegro the 2 - 1 win. Andrian Kraev was sent off in the 42nd minute which opened the gates for Lithuania and Pijus Sirvys scored twice in the 2 - 0 win for Lithuania.

      The last time out for Bulgaria was a friendly against Albania. Qazim Laci and Ernest Muci both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Albania.

      Hungary, on the other hand, sit top of the group. In six games, Hungary have four wins and two draws and are the only unbeaten team left in the group. Hungary have 14 points and are just one point ahead of second place Serbia.

      In their last five games in all competitions, Hungary have three wins and two draws. Barnabas Varga opened the scoring in the first half and Roland Sallai doubled Hungary’s lead in the 83rd minute in the 2 - 0 win over Lithuania, a game that saw Hungary register 27 shots with ten of those on target. An own goal from Attila Szalai gave Serbia the lead in the tenth minute but before the halftime whistle Varga and Willi Orban both scored to give Hungary the 2 - 1 lead. Neither side could find the net in the second half as the game finished 2 - 1.

      In a friendly, Hungary took on the Czech Republic. Sallai scored again for Hungary but Vaclav Jurecka equalised just ten minutes later as each team held on for a 1 - 1 draw. Varga was on the scoresheet for Hungary again but Serbia drew level through Strahinja Pavlovic. Just a minute after the equaliser, Sallai put Hungary back ahead and despite the red card to Zsolt Kalmar, Hungary held onto the 2 - 1 win.

      The most recent outing for Hungary was against Lithuania. Fedor Cernych and Sirvys gave Lithuania a shock 2 - 0 lead going into halftime. A penalty from Dominik Szoboszlai and a goal from Varga meant the game finished 2 - 2.

      Bulgaria and Hungary have some more history than other fixtures, with 27 meetings, the first coming back in 1934. Hungary have the upper hand in the fixture with 14 wins in comparison to Bulgaria’s seven wins, with six draws in the fixture.

      Bulgaria Team News

      Ilian Iliev is likely to continue with Ilia Gruev, Valentin Antov and Kiril Despodov, the only Bulgarian players to play every single game of the campaign.

      Hungary Team News

      Marco Rossi has no new injuries to manage and will likely still rely on Sallai and Varga up front and Szoboszlai in the midfield.