Italy are ticking over nicely in their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. It has been three wins from three and are yet to concede a goal in the group. Next for them comes the challenge of Bosnia who suffered a pretty big setback on the weekend with a 2-0 defeat in Finland. Can Italy keep their strong momentum going? Read our Italy v Bosnia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
It is a four-match winning streak that Italy find themselves on at the moment. On the weekend they collected a 3-0 success out in Greece making it three wins from three in their Euro 2020 qualification group. Across their three qualifiers so far Italy have scored 11 unanswered goals. The defensive output of Italy has been superb, really going back to their Nations League campaign. They have not conceded a single goal in any of their last six games played now and have earned one in seven of their last eight. So that is some impressive output and it does hint at them being on a pretty good trajectory.
To be realistic this is a pretty easy qualification group that they have in front of them and it would be a major surprise if they didn’t win it. The Italians do look a little bit as if they are still trying to find their best side but with a goal in two of their three European championship qualifiers so far, Nicolo Barella may be worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market. Just looking back at their game against Greece on the weekend, Italy took 70% possession and produced 10 shots on target in the fixture.
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two nations in Italy
Bosnia have earned four points from their opening three Euro 2020 qualification matches. Considering the difficulty of this away game they will probably be happy with just picking up a point out of it. They started their qualification campaign with a 2-1 home success over Armenia, before being held to a 2-2 draw at home against Greece. But then they had a pretty major collapse on the weekend as they suffered a 2-0 reverse out in Finland. This trip to Italy will be their toughest fixture of the entire qualification campaign.
Bosnia have won only one of their last five fixtures played, which was their success over Armenia (D2 L2). Bosnia have also been having a bit of trouble putting the ball in the back of the net as they have failed to score in four of their last seven fixtures now. They are also winless in their last four away games, losing two of those. Since a 2-1 success in Northern Ireland during the Nations League group stage, Bosnia are on a four-match away streak without a goal having been put on the board.
Italy are the clear favourite in this fixture and should be a fairly comfortable evening for them. It is hard to see after their loss in Finland, just how Bosnia are going to come up with anything to challenge the Italians. Italy to win to nil.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
It is two wins from two in the Nations League for Bosnia who are leading League B3. A win over the Irish on Monday will leave them six points clear of Austria with one game to play. Northern Ireland are still looking for their first point after a narrow loss against the Austrians over the weekend. Read our Bosnia v Northern Ireland betting tips for more.
Northern Ireland 11/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 12th, 2018 at 1:35 p.m.)
It has been a strong showing from Bosnia so far in the Nations League having won both of their games. Both successes over Austria and away at Northern Ireland were both by the one-goal margin. Bosnia to win by a one-goal margin is at 9/4 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 4:42 pm). They are W2 D1 in their last three games with a clean sheet earned in their last two. They are undefeated in their last seven games as well and during that spell of form, they have shipped just the two goals in total.
So it’s going to be tough for the Irish to break them down. In the bet365 correct score market a Bosnia 1-0 result is at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 4:42 pm). That has a lot of appeal because they aren’t the strongest of scoring sides. They have returned just seven goals in their last nine games played and three of those were in one friendly win over South Korea back in June. They have failed to score in five of their last nine now. So it’s hard to expect a high scoring game and they will just want to get the win done in any fashion.
The Irish are heavily on the back foot now in the group and relegation down to League C is a real possibility now. They are without a point at the halfway stage having lost by a one-goal margin against Bosnia and Austria. In their first meeting against Bosnia at Windsor Park the Irish were 2-0 until Will Grigg got their consolidation in the 90th minute. The Irish are struggling for wins and have been since the beginning of September last year. Grigg misses this one through injury and Kyle Lafferty is already missing.
Northern Ireland have two wins in their last eleven games now (D3 L6) so it’s not happening for them at the moment. This was always going to be a difficult group for them. They made a trip to Austria on the weekend and dug in there, but were broken just after the 70th minute for a 1-0 defeat. They have failed to score now in six of their last nine. Both teams not to score is at 4/7 odds* (betting odds taken on October 14th, 2018 at 4:42 pm). Troublingly for Northern Ireland, who really need a win out of this, they are just W1 D2 L3 in their last six away games. They have failed to score in eight of their last 10 road games.
Bosnia took a 2-1 win out in Northern Ireland in the first Nations League meeting. That is the only previous clash between the two nations.
Bosnia are in strong form and they should be able to take an unassailable lead at the top of the group with three points in his one. They are strong at the back and have those touches of quality to find a winner. Bosnia to win to nil appeals.
14th October 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
It was a solid performance from the Irish out in Zenica on Friday night, bagging themselves what could be a crucial away goal. It was nearly a dream night for them after taking the lead in the match, but former Man City striker Edin Dzeko brought a sense of reality back to Ireland with an equaliser. Can Ireland now deliver the finishing touches back in Dublin where a 0-0 would be enough to send them through. Ireland are 13/10 for the win,with the draw at 21/10 and Bosnia at 9/4.
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Have Ireland played their way into a genuine contention to reach the European Championships next summer after a 1-1 draw in Bosnia on Friday. Robbie Brady netted for the Irish in the 82nd minute, but just three minutes later the play-off tie was back level when Edin Dzeko breached the organised Irish defence. It was a night of necessary concentration for the Irish back line, particularly down their own left hand side where they were in danger of being exploited for most of the match. Other than that, they can be pretty pleased with how they kept the Bosnians at bay in the fog.
With the Irish missing key players, including defensive stalwart John O’Shea, Ireland coped pretty well despite not getting on the ball very much themselves. So now that big defensive effort is out of the way, how will they approach Monday’s second leg? A 0-0 will be good enough for them but they can’t rely on that, because the Bosnians do have scoring power. The second leg to go under 2.5 goals as well can be backed at a price of 8/15 with online betting site Bet365. Boss Martin O’Neill is hoping to have O’Shea and Jonathan Walters back, both were suspended for the first leg, but O’Shea is carrying an injury.
Shane Long could also make it back into contention after missing Friday’s encounter with an ankle problem. Ireland have won their last two home games 1-0, which includes the victory over Germany. Edin Dzeko is a 5/2 anytime goalscorer quote with Robbie Keane, who didn’t get onto the pitch in the first leg a 9/5 shot. Bosnia lost 1-0 on their only previous visit to Ireland for a friendly back in 2012. They are unbeaten in their last four games played now, scoring nine goals in those eight games. So they still pose a big threat and they have hit the back of the net in each of their last seven international matches. Both teams to score is an even money poke. A score draw will be enough for the Bosnians to get through.
Bosnia have to come out and get a goal at some stage and they are likely to do just that because of the scoring streak which they are on. Ireland may end up needing more than just another defensive 90 minutes back in Dublin, they may have to open up a little and that could put them at risk at the back. On the balance of things, look for another 90 minute draw.
14th November 2015 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Two huge games for Ireland coming over the next few days. First they take on the challenge of Bosnia in Zenica on Friday night in the first leg of their Euro 2016 play-off tie. The Irish will be aiming to avoid defeat out there and then take their chances back on home soil in Dublin on the 17th. Will the men in green be able to do enough to join England, Wales and Northern Ireland at Euro 2016?
Their defence keeping Edin Dzeko quiet could be the key to the tie and the Irish will need to dig deep into their reserves because of all their injury problems. They have lost the likes of Rob Elliot, Shay Given Jonathan Walters and Shane Long.
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Can Ireland deliver and join England, Wales and Northern Ireland at France 2016. While their qualification challenge fell away after a strong start, a win over Germany towards the end of the campaign in Dublin will have given them some belief. What could give Ireland hope is that while they are facing the one team in the playoffs with the highest UEFA co-efficient, Bosnia take the worst defensive record into the playoffs of all the third-placed teams from qualification. Bosnia are 10/11 for the win, with the draw at 12/5 and Ireland at 3/1.
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This first leg is just about staying in touch for Ireland. Arguably the Irish can’t match the scoring power that the Bosnians have so they will have to rely on a strong defensive, disciplined performance on Friday night in the first leg of the Euro 2016 qualification play off. Ireland finished third in Group D behind Germany and Poland, where they only lost the two matches in a decent qualifying campaign. It was the lone point they took from Scotland in their two clashes with them which really hurt their automatic qualification hopes. But they can take some positives from having beaten Germany and drawing with Poland at home during their campaign. On the road they took a 1-1 draw in Germany and narrowly lost 2-1 in Poland.
Overall Ireland didn’t travel too convincingly, taking just the two wins from five played on the road, one a nervy 2-1 win in Georgia and expected win in Gibraltar. Ireland’s defeat at the hands of Poland in their last group match has been their only loss in their last eight games played, so they are a resilient side to try and break down, but aren’t big value for the win on Friday. The kind of performance levels that they produce against Germany and Poland are going to need to be reproduced to ensure that they at least come away from Bosnia level. The game going under 2.5 goals is a 8/15 poke while a 0-0 Correct Score is trading at 6/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.
Ireland’s Robbie Keane at 2/1 is their shortest priced anytime goalscorer option. Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko, who netted seven goals during qualification as Bosnia finished behind Wales and Belgium, is an even money anytime goalscorer quote and is their big threat going forward. Bosnia are more than competent going forward and are unbeaten in their last four home games, not having conceded in their last two. But overall they look a little unconvincing at the back and if Ireland can shut them out in the first leg, the Irish will fancy their chances back in Dublin. The only previous meeting between the two nations was a friendly back in May 2012, which Ireland won 1-0 through a goal from Shane Long.
A big night of defensive concentration needed by Ireland. Their qualification hopes will rest on them not being out of touch at the end of this. If Ireland can finish this game level then they will be in a strong position for the second leg. Ireland aren’t in bad form and can hold their own to come away with a draw. The second leg is in Dublin on November 16th.
9th November 2015 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
One point. That is all that the Welsh need now to confirm themselves a spot at Euro 2016. Will it come on the road on Saturday when they face Bosnia-Herzegovina? The Welsh defence has been great so far during qualification and it could be that which gets them what they need. If Israel fail to win against Cyprus Wales could lose and still book a place at next summer’s finals. Bosnia-Herzegovina are trading at 10/11 in the match outright with the draw at 12/5 and Wales at 3/1.
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Can the Welsh make it over the finish line? They put in a disappointing performance in a 0-0 home draw against Bosnia back in October last year and it was a game they could have won if they had taken it by the scruff of the neck. But it’s hard to knock the Welsh given the positive campaign which they have put together and they go into the final round of matches at the top of Group B with a point advantage over Belgium. It is fair to say, with just nine goals in eight games, that what the Welsh have lacked in attacking threat, they have more than made up for in a stern defence. They have shipped just two goals so far, the second lowest tally of all nations in Euro 2016 qualification so far. There were big clean sheets in their two games against Belgium for instance which has put them in such a strong position.
Worst case scenario for Wales now is if things go wrong, they would end up in third pace and in the play-offs. Gareth Bale is reportedly fit and raring to go and to play his part after concerns over his calf injury. They need him now because he has had such a huge impact, scoring six of the nine goals that Wales have put on the board. Under 2.5 goals in the game can be backed at a 4/6 quote with online betting site Bet365. Wales are unbeaten in their last ten matches played now and have won six of those and that really has all started with their solid defence, which should be good enough to keep Bosnia out. The Welsh have never beaten Bosnia though in three previous attempts, losing one and drawing two. Their 0-0 draw in Cardiff in October was their first competitive clash.
Bosnia-Herzegovina will be hoping that Edin Dzeko has fully recovered from his injury issues and is sharp for the game. He was a pain in the side of the Welsh defence in the first meeting and is important for the Bosnians. He is the top goalscorer in the group and is trading as 5/4 anytime goalscorer. Bosnia were the top seeds in the group but just haven’t been at the races. All they have left to scrap for is a third place finish to get into the play-off round and a win against the Welsh would go a long way to getting them there. Bosnia face Cyprus (who beat them in the first group meeting) to round off qualification. Bosnia have posed more of an attacking threat than the Welsh, but their defence, which as shipped ten goals in eight games, is not match for that of Wales. Bosnia have recorded a W2 D1 L1 record in their last four home matches and have only banked two clean sheets in their last seven played.
A draw looks on the cards here and a low-scoring one at that. The Welsh qualification campaign has been built on their defence and you would expect them to be standing tall in search of that precious point which will get them to Euro 2016. Look for Wales to hang on for that point.
7th October 2015 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Not both of these are out of the running to make it through to the round of sixteen at Brazil. But it is not Bosnia, the pre-tournament second favourites to qualify from Group F who are in the picture. No, they are going home, and it is Iran who have a shot at glory. It’s not an easy route to the next stage for them though. The odds on Iran to win against Bosnia are running at 5/2, with the Bosnians at 6/5 to land the victory.
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Can Iran pull off something magical and get through to the knockouts? In order to do that, they would have to produce a victory, but they would also need help from Argentina in beating Nigeria. So that is the way that Iran can progress against all the odds. After taking a 0-0 draw against the Africans in their opener, which they were delighted with, they almost produced the same result against Argentina. However, they were unravelled at the end after some fantastic defending through the game, by a very special Lionel Messi goal.
Iran can defend, but can they attack? Iran have scored just the three goals in their last six matches, while they have kept four clean sheets in that last six. That defeat against Argentina has been their only loss in that run of form, having taken creditable draws against Belarus, Montenegro and Nigeria this year. Their best options going forward are Reza Ghoochannejhad at 11/4 and Ashkan Dejagah in the anytime goalscorer market. Can they shake off the shackles and go and get that goal which they need?
Bosnia will likely field some changes before they head home from the competition after suffering back to back defeats against Argentina and Nigeria. They put on a good show against Argentina but then fell flat against Nigeria in a game which they were favourites to win. They blew their lines a little bit. They have Edin Dzeko is even money favourite in the anytime goalscorer market alongside Vedad Ibisevic, but they aren’t exactly going to be fired up for the game you would think. It isn’t a game which is likely to return a lot of goals, and so going under 2.5 goals would be the option for this one.
The odds on Iran to win against Bosnia may just be enough to tempt partners. The fact that Bosnia have been drawn into odds-on favourites speaks volumes about the Iranian defence. However, the big question is whether or not Iran have the goals in them, so a draw instead may not be a bad option to roll with.
24th June 2014 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
Big Group F match here because the two desperately need to put maximum points on the board to try and take some control of the second qualification spot behind Argentina. Nigeria’s final game is against Argentina, so they are going to be far more desperate for points. However the Super Eagles go as underdogs in this one, as Bosnia’s solid performance against the Albiceleste showed that they are likely to have more about them to take the three points. The odds on Nigeria to win against Bosnia are at 7/2, with the Europeans running as 10/11 favourites.
Bosnia took on Argentina in their first ever World Cup match, and they were a huge credit to themselves. They put on a great performance, battling all the way, keeping the Argentineans at arms length for some periods of time and all in all looking a solid side. A sublime goal from Lionel Messi was the one that broke them in a 2-1 defeat, Vedad Ibisevic’s late consolation not enough. But they won’t have been unhappy with their efforts in the match and look the stronger of these two, that’s for sure. It will be the first time that they have played each other.
Bosnia do have some decent firepower up front to call upon. Man City man Edin Dzeko is even money favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, and the amount of contributions that he makes for his country is substantial. He scored ten goals and made four assists during UEFA qualifiers, and no other player continued to more goals. However, the nice thing about Bosnia is that they aren’t just a one man team up top. Vedad Ibisevic and Zvjezdan Misimovic are 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market too. To add further weight to their favouritism here, Bosnia had more attempts and got more shots on target than Argentina did in their opener. Also, they have never lost back to back games under Safet Susic.
The Super Eagles will have been left frustrated and disappointed in their first match against Iran. They were held to a 0-0 draw by the group underdogs, pretty much confirming that have big goal scoring issues. Nigeria are now on a nine match winless streak in World Cup matches, their last victory coming back in 1998 against Bulgaria. The Super Eagles have lost six of their nine since then and they have failed to score in three of their last five as well. Of all teams making it to Brazil 2014, Nigeria scored the fewest amount of goals. On the evidence of their opener, they aren’t likely to have enough to better Bosnia.
The odds on Nigeria to win against Bosnia sums up the Super Eagles at the moment. They are lacking quality and all of the value is Bosnia in the outright markets. The Europeans are strong enough to run out a comfortable winners here and could even be pushing towards covering a -1 Handicap.
21st June 2014 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting
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Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain. That is an impressive attacking line up and twice before they have played Bosnia and on both occasions took clean sheet victories, the most recent in a friendly in November of last year. A brace from Sergio Aguero sealed a 2-0 win.
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15th June 2014 / lee - Category: Free Bets & Bonus
A big occasion for Bosnia and Herzegovina as this will be their debut in the World Cup. It may not turn out to be a joyful one for them though, as they take on the second favourites to win the tournament outright. Will the massively powerful Argentine attack be firing on all cylinders in this Group F match up? The odds on Bosnia and Herzegovina to win against Argentina put them as heavy outsiders at 8/1, and that is trading against the price of 2/5 on the South Americans to take the win
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Well Argentina do look to be shaping up nicely. They are unbeaten in their last five matches and have kept a clean sheet in each of those. It was a fairly understated warm up from them, taking a very steady and patient warm up route. Wins over Trinidad and Tobago and Slovenia immediately ahead of the World Cup was really more about them honing fitness more than anything. While their attack will be their big focus, there is a lot of depth and strength to the Argentine set up, who arguably have one of the best balanced squads at the entire World Cup. Their run of clean sheets may tip punters towards value of 5/4 on them to win to nil in their opener.
This will be their toughest group match, with games against Iran and Nigeria to come. La Albiceleste have an embarrassment of riches up front, not only in Lionel Messi but Sergio Aguero and Gonzalo Higuain too. It was Man City’s Aguero who netted both goals in a 2-0 friendly victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina back in November of last year. Aguero is running at even money, the same price as Higuain in the anytime goalscorer market, while Lionel Messi is front runner at a price of 8/13. Argentina have gone up against Bosnia and Herzegovina just twice before and have scored seven goals and conceded none in them. Firm favourites here to take the win and the group.
Bosnia and Herzegovina though are in decent shape, even though the odds on Bosnia to win against Argentina are so long. They have won seven of their last nine matches played. The exceptions there were losses against Egypt and the one against Argentina last November. They have won their last two international friendlies against fellow World Cup participants Ivory Coast and Mexico, and that was sandwiched between a couple of friendlies against their own U21 side and Brazilian club Santos’s U21. Bosnia banged five goals in each of them, and have Vedad Ibisevic and and Izet Hajrovic going well. But their star man and top scorer is Edin Dzeko who is 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market. Big occasion. Can Bosnia and Herzegovina hold out?
Argentina should take the win, if their form and their friendly win over Bosnia and Herzegovina last year is anything to go by. La Albiceleste have tremendous power going forward and while they may need to show a lot of patience in this one, they should get the job done in the end. There is a hint of it coming with a clean sheet and the way that Bosnia and Herzegovina will set up, it could be worth going under 2.5 goal for it too
15th June 2014 / lee - Category: World Cup 2018 Betting