Brian Flynn makes the step-up from Wales under-21 manager to full team manger on Friday night and he will be hopeful he can continue the success he’s had with the under-21 side.
During his reign as Wales manager, Flynn nurtured the Premier League talent of Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale and Jack Collison, but only Bale and Joe Ledley are available out of Wales’ bigger names for the clash with Bulgaria.
Wales did manage a victory over Bulgaria in Sofia last time they met in 2007, and are unbeaten against Bulgaria this millennium after drawing 0-0 at home in 2006 – they are 13/8 to win on Friday.
Under John Toshack, Wales registered four competitive victories in World Cup qualifying, but Flynn is without Craig Bellamy, Robert Earnshaw, Collison, Ramsey and the recently retired Simon Davies.
Bulgaria also have a new coach in Lothar Matthaus and he will be hopeful of an early victory to get Bulgaria back on track after two defeats to England and Montenegro.
Bulgaria are without Dimitar Berbatov who has retired from international football but Bolton’s Martin Petrov is the key for the Bulgarians who are also 13/8 to win.
The inexpereinced Welsh midfield and striker squad members have contributed just 14 goals in their albeit short international careers, but Flynn will be dependent on Bale and Ledley finding the back of the net at the City of Cardiff stadium.
Ledley is 4/1 to score any time whilst Bale is 7/2, but Bulgaria’s Ivelin Popov heads the to score any time market at 2/1.
Bulgaria’s performance against England suggested that they struggle to find the net and this game points to a low-scoring affair, with a 0-0 result available at 13/2 and under 1.5 goals in the game available at 7/4.
In Group G’s other game, Montenegro are 13/8 to beat Switzerland. See the full Wales vs Bulgaria betting odds market here.