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All the factz on England v Bulgaria Euro 2020 Group A qualifier, including which TV channel its on

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England return to action for the first time since the summer by resuming their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Bulgaria at Wembley Stadium. 

A win today would strengthen the Three Lions’ grip on Group A. Bulgaria meanwhile need a win to enhance their chances of qualifying.

The match kicks off at 5pm and it is live on ITV. Here are the factz you need to know:

* England top Group A with 6 points, having played a game fewer than their nearest challengers.
* Bulgaria are bottom, with 2 draws and 2 defeats from their opening 4 matches.
* England last met Bulgaria in September 2011 in a qualifying match for Euro 2012. The Three Lions ran out 0-3 winners in Sofia.
* There have been 10 previous meetings between the sides and England have never lost. They have won 6 and drawn the others.
* James Maddison could win his first England cap today. Since the start of last season in the Premier League, he has created 109 chances – 39 more than any other Englishman.
* Mason Mount could also feature after scoring 2 goals in his first 4 Premier League matches. He has played for England at every level from under-16s.
* Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling are England’s most experienced players, with 51 caps each.
* Harry Kane has most goals in the current squad with 22 strikes in 39 appearances.
* Bulgaria have a similarly inexperienced squad to England. Only captain Ivelin Popov has more than 50 caps (84).
* Popov is also top scorer in this squad with 15 goals. No other player in the squad has more than 2 international goals.

All the factz on Uruguay v Saudi Arabia, including which TV channel its on

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A crucial game in group A sees Uruguay take on Saudi Arabia. Uruguay will want to build on their opening victory over Egypt, while Saudi Arabia will want to bounce back from their thrashing at the hands of hosts Russia. The match kicks off at 4pm BST and it is live on BBC1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* If Uruguay win, they will be through to the knockout stage and Saudi Arabia will be out. A draw will mean Uruguay will need to avoid defeat against Russia to be sure of qualifying.
* A Saudi win will bring them level on points with Uruguay, and it will do down to the last match.
* The sides have met twice before in friendly matches – Saudi Arabia winning once, with the other drawn.
* Uruguay have won 5 of their last 6 World Cup group games.
* This will be Luis Suarez’ 100th cap for Uruguay. He’s the 6th man to reach that mark.
* Saudi Arabia’s last win at a World Cup finals was against Belgium at USA 94.
* In the 11 matches since they have lost 9 and drawn 2.
* Uruguay have won 6 of their last 11 matches.
* Saudi Arabia have lost 7 of their last 11 international matches.
* Saudi Arabia have finished bottom of their group at their last 3 World Cups.

All the factz on Egypt v Uruguay at the World Cup, including which TV channel its on

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The second match in Group A at the World Cup sees Egypt take on Uruguay. Egypt’s star player Mo Salah looks to have won his race to be fit for this match – and he will go up against another two of the world’s best strikers in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani. The match kicks off at 1pm and it is live on BBC1. Here are the factz you need to know:

* The sides have met just once before, back in 2006, when Uruguay ran out 2-0 winners.
* This is the third time Egypt have made it to the World Cup finals – they previously appeared in 1934 and 1990.
* In 1934, Egypt became the first African team to play in the finals.
* Uruguay have won the World Cup twice, but in recent years their best has been a 4th place finish on 2010.
* Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani have scored 93 international goals between them – Suarez has 52, Cavani 41.
* Cavani was the top scorer in the South American qualifying group with 10 goals.
* Mo Salah has scored 33 goals in 56 internationals for the Pharoahs but he has some way to go to become the all-time top scorer, who is Hossam Hassan with 70.
* Should Egypt keeper Essam El Hadary play, he will become the oldest man to play in the finals at 45 years and 151 days.
* Egypt aren’t in the best form – just 2 wins in their last 10 matches and 5 defeats.
* Uruguay meanwhile have won 5 of their last 10 internationals, losing 3.