Northern Ireland v Bosnia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 04, 2018
Northern Ireland kick off their first ever Euro Nations League campaign with the visit of Bosnia & Herzegovina to Belfast.
Northern Ireland have never faced Bosnia & Herzegovina before in competitive action.
Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill has named a strong squad for this game, including Leicester City’ Jonny Evans, Steven Davis of Southampton and Wigan Athletic’s Will Grigg.
However stalwart Chris Brunt has retired from international duty ahead of the Euro Nations League campaign.
Bosnia & Herzegovina have included Serie A stars Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko in their squad, alongside Mo Besic – currently on loan at Middlesbrough from Everton – but Bournemouth’s Asmir Begovic has not been selected.
Northern Ireland v Bosnia & Herzegovina
Northern Ireland missed out on a place in the 2018 World Cup after a controversial play-off defeat by Switzerland, and the anger is still plain to see within both their manager and the squad.
O’Neill will hope to channel that anger into a positive as they begin their first ever Euro Nations League quest against Bosnia & Herzegovina this weekend. Their opponents also missed out on the World Cup, and have only qualified for one tournament since 2002.
Northern Ireland generally have a good record at Windsor Park, losing just three of their last home games, but they do also draw a lot of games – and that looks to be the best option here, priced at 21/10.
The home side have scored just three goals in their last seven games, with Bosnia & Herzegovina netting six in their last seven (including three in their last game), so with that in mind, this one could be a low key clash – with an under 2.5 total goals bet at 2/5.
A 1-1 draw at 5/1
Both sides are still a distance away from qualifying from a major tournament, despite Northern Ireland reaching Euro 2016, and both having an ageing squad to work with. Pressure will be on both managers to try and bring through some young talent ahead of the European Championship qualifiers in 2019.
Edin Dzeko to score first at 5/2
Roma striker Dzeko is the main man for the away side, and he is their leading international goal scorer with 52 goals and even at 32 years of age he is still just as vital -and he is already off the mark for his club in Serie A this season.