Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Herzegovina Predictions and Betting Tips – Nations League
Two sides who were unable to reach the World Cup this summer will lock horns as they open their UEFA Nations League campaign this weekend. You can read our Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Herzegovina predictions here.
In recent years both sides have done well to qualify for major tournaments, but neither nation has set Europe alight. Could this all change with the start of the Nations League this season? What are the football pundits betting tips for this match?
Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Herzegovina Predictions
Whilst the Will Grigg flame continues to burn, there is another Northern Irish striker who has impressed of late. Kyle Lafferty joined Rangers this summer after making the move north from Edinburgh based Heart of Midlothian and already has three goals in competitive games this season. He has scored two goals in as many games for the club which he initially left in 2012 and he’ll be looking to add to his 20 international goals this week. Lafferty to score at any time is at 2/1 with Betfair and starts this week’s Northern Ireland vs Bosnia predictions.
Match Result Prediction
Both sides are very, very evenly matched at the moment and, whilst Bosnia are the favourites across the bookmakers, we think that home advantage alongside the abundance of Premier League experience should help the hosts. It will be a tough task to keep Bosnia’s top players quiet but the Northern Irish squad is capable. A draw at full time is being priced at 9/5 by BoyleSports.
Over/Under 2.5 Goals Prediction
We have talked about the attacking players on show already and this football betting tip follows on from this. Despite the sides usually not offering a huge amount when pushing forward due to their tactical set ups, both squads are attack-heavy and there could be a few goals at impressive odds. Edin Dzeko has 52 goals in 93 games for Bosnia and he remains hungry for goals after an impressive 2017-18 season in Rome. Over 2.5 goals can be found at 2/1 with William Hill.
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Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Herzegovina Recommended Bets & Odds
These aren’t the only bets you can get for this game. More can be found here. If you are less optimistic that we are about the number of goals, Betstars are offering 13/10 for under 1.5 goals for 5/1 for under 0.5. Elsewhere you can get Bosnia to win at 6/4 with Coral and Northern Ireland to win at the some bookies at 15/8.
Edin Dzeko to score at any time can be found at 6/4 with PaddyPower and they are also offering prices of 11/4 for Will Grigg to do the same.
Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Herzegovina Preview
See the team news for the match, key stats and starting line-up predictions below.
Northern Ireland Team News vs Bosnia Herzegovina
Boss Michael O’Neil said that he was pleased with the “freshness” of his squad to the BBC this week and he’s looking forward to the games. Lafferty is set to lead the line after his impressive recent form and O’Neil has a hugely experienced midfield to choose from.
Bosnia Herzegovina Team News vs Northern Ireland
There have been a couple of big names kept out of the current Bosnia squad including goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. Arsenal’s Sead Kolasinac is also not included through injury to the full back. Recent retirements have also altered the side with Lazio’s Senad Lulic and Vedad Ibisevic of Hertha Berlin hanging up their boots on the international stage in recent months.
Northern Ireland vs Bosnia Herzegovina Stats
- The two sides have never met before in either friendlies or competitive fixtures
- Bosnia have only ever qualified for one major tournament- the 2014 World Cup where they failed to qualify from a tough group which included Argentina
- They haven’t lost in four international games, having drawn against Montenegro and Senegal and beating Bulgaria and South Korea.
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