Bosnia possess a great squad, built up over the last 10 years or so. They have been so close to qualifying in the last three Events, and this time made no mistake with 26 points from a possible 30. In Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic they have a lethal strike pairing, and are for us, a dark horse in this competition!
GK’s: Asmir Begovic, Asmir Avdukic, Jasmin Fejzic
DF’s: Emir Spahic, Toni Sunjic, Sead Kolasinac, Ognen Vranjes, Ervin Zukanovic, Ermin Bcakcic, Muhamed Besic
MF’s: Miralem Pjanic, Izet Hajrovic, Mensur Mujdza, Haris Medunjenin, Sejad Salihovic, Zvjezdan Misimovic, Tino Susic, Senad Lulic, Anel Hadzic, Senijad Ibricic, Avdja Vrsaljevic (One to be Cut)
FW’s: Edin Dzeko, Vedad Ibisevic, Edin Visca
Coach: Safet Susic
As stated, they finally lifted the curse of leaving their fate to the last game. They won the group by miles, beating off Greece for 1st. They scored 30 Goals, one of the highest, beating many a top nation!
Ones to Watch:
Miralem Pjanic – this lad has been touted as something special ever since he set foot in Europe. He has done very well at Lyon and Roma, with rumours of a move to PSG and Man Utd circulating in recent months. Top player, pulls the strings at the heart of midfield and chips in with goals too!
Sead Kolasinac – he has fitted in extremely well at Left Back, and his impressive club performances have solved Susic’ problems. Senad Lulic and others have had to fill in over the past few years, but with his pace, strong physicality and bullet left foot – he could be key to their chances.
Edin Dzeko – Between him and Ibisevic, 18 goals were scored in qualifying. In a group of Argentina, Nigeria and Iran, goals will be key. It could be very tight, so having a good GD will be vital if they are to beat Nigeria to 2nd place. Dzeko has been in great form for Man City lately, and is hoping to carry this form into the World Cup.
(4-4-2): Begovic, Vranjes, Spahic, Sunjic, Kolasinac, Hajrovic, Pjanic, Misimovic, Lulic, Dzeko, Ibisevic.
A very strong 11, and one of very few to employ the old-fashioned 4-4-2. The front two are a given, barring any injuries. Begovic will start, and Spahic and Kolasinac certainly will too. Misimovic is the most capped and top scorer for Bosnia, and despite playing in a low league he is still a top player. Hajrovic, Pjanic and Lulic are expected to complete a strong midfield.
Winner – 150/1
Group Win – 7/1
To Qualify – 4/6
Over 4.5 Points – 6/5
Exactly 6 Points – 6/1
Round of Elimination: Round of 16 – 17/10
I am very excited to see Bosnia at the World Cup, and expect them to make the most of it. They have some very good players, and a strong squad. I fully expect them to qualify from the Group at 4/6, and for them to win at least one, and possibly nick a point from Argentina. Over 4.5 Points at 6/5 is our Top Tip for Bosnia.