Bosnia-Herzegovina v Portugal Betting

Bosnia have a confident striker in terrific goal-scoring form

Bosnia & Herzegovina welcome Portugal to the Bilino Polje Stadium this Friday for the first leg of their Euro 2012 play-off tie.

Whilst the bookmakers have made Portugal early favourites to qualify, Bosnia & Herzegovina will certainly provide them with a stern test. The Eastern European side narrowly missed out on an automatic qualification place after drawing their last group game – a match that they led 1-0 with 15 minutes to go – against eventual group winners France.

On paper, Portugal manager Paulo Bento certainly appears to have a more talented group of players at his disposal. Despite lacking a quality “out-and-out” striker, they have an abundant array of talent in an attacking sense, with Ronaldo, Nani, Quaresma and Meireles providing them with real firepower; a point that has been evidenced by the 21 goals scored in 8 qualifying games.

However, performances haven’t been so impressive at the opposite end of the pitch, where Portugal have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per game throughout the qualifying campaign.

Bosnia & Herzegovina are more than capable of taking full advantage of Portugal’s defensive woes. In Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko, they have a confident striker in terrific goal-scoring form. Winning the midfield battle could be the key factor in settling this match and head coach, Safet Susic, will be looking for talented midfield duo Miralem Pjanic and Zvjezdan Misimovic to control the match in favour of the home side.

Unlike their opponents, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s defence has been relatively strong throughout the campaign, conceding just 8 goals in 10 games.  However, they will have to compete against the Portuguese without two key defenders – both Boris Pandza and Sasa Papac are suspended for the first leg – so don’t be surprised if the home side’s defence take time to settle into this match.

In terms of betting, this is a tough tie to call. However, I can’t see the Bosnian’s losing at home this time around. Despite what the players and coaches may say, the defeat to Portugal in the 2010 World Cup qualifying play-off will still be fresh in their minds and they will be looking for revenge. This match certainly looks like providing us with some goals and Ladbrokes are offering 11/10 on both teams to score; I’m confident neither side will disappoint.

Recommended Bets

Back both teams to score @ 11/10 with Ladbrokes

Back Bosnia or draw (double chance) @ 4/7 with Paddy Power

Written By:- Richard Hodge (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 09/11/2011 - 14:21 PM
Filed in:- Euro 2012 Betting News

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