Preview & Betting Tip
Bosnia-Herzegovina - Greece This is certainly one of the most interesting qualification matches of this Friday, because it will meet two selections that are on the first and second places and with the same number of points, so a victory from this match brings a great advantage for continuation of the qualification. B-H is currently the first in the table because of the much greater number of scored goals and a better goal difference, although it doesn’t necessarily means much in the end. Both selections played very good the friendly matches, and won the qualification matches, with one mutual draw in Athens which ended without goals. Before this game, they played five matches and B-H has never won, while the Greeks won four times with one draw from the only friendly match. Begins: 22.03.2013 – 20:45 CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina is in the euphoria and it could be good and bad thing ahead of, possible the crucial, game when first place in the group is in question. After they had been stopped twice in the barrage and both times from Portugal, B-H doesn’t satisfy with the second place, and doesn’t want additional matches for placement in the major competitions. Now they want the first place and are determined to get it from the start of the qualifications. They stringed three convincing victories, and then in Athens played a draw, which keeps them on the first place. They are the selection that along with Germany have scored ??the most goals, so far 15 in three matches because in Athens there were no goals. It has long been clear that the attack is the much better part of this team, although against the Greek’s defence it failed to pass the exam. Because of this they now fear the defensive tactics that the opponent might employ, especially because the participation of the brilliant midfielder Pjanic is questionable, who in the end might still be able to participate, as well as the returnee after injury Mujdza. There will be no midfielder Salihovic and these are practically the only problems on the eve of the match.
Probable lineups Bosnia-Herzegovina: Begovic – Mujdza, Vranjes, Spahic, Lulic – Zahirovic, Medunjanin – Misimovic, Pjanic(Stevanovic) – Dzeko, Ibisevic
Greece didn’t so convincingly start this qualification, but from this team we are already customised that there are no big games and attractive matches with convincing victories. For Greeks the points are essential, and because of that they have achieved three times fewer goals than B-H, but also have received only one and in the end have the same number of points. Two of the three victories were minimal, and among these is the victory against Slovakia in Bratislava, which certainly has a special value. However, a draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina at home is not a good result and now will do anything to return the favour to the opponent. Greece has not received a goal in the last five games, including the friendlies, and the last defeat was in the quarterfinals of the last European Championship when they were defeated by Germany. In the team there will no the reliable stopper K. Papadopoulos and midfielder Ninis, and these are the biggest problem for the selectors Santos. Defender Sokratis has recovered and tactics will be the already tested one, with a very strong midfield.
Probable lineups Greece: Karnezis – Torosidis, Sokratis, Malezas, Holebas – Maniatis, Karagounis, Katsouranis – Salpingidis, Samaras – Gekas (Mitroglou)
Bosnia Herzegovina – Greece Pick
The stakes in this game are big, because three points mean a big step toward the placement in Brazil. Therefore, both selections will be cautious and wait for their chance, and finally will be satisfied with a draw, so in the end there shouldn’t be many goals.
Better's Tip: Under 2.5