Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Finland: Match preview
For Bosnia, the match with Finland is the last chance to stay in the race for second place, as the first one is reserved for the Italians. Bosnia has been defeated three times in the last four qualifying matches, from Finland, Italy and Armenia, while winning only Liechtenstein.
An additional problem for the team, still led by Robert Prosinecki, is the absence of the best player and captain. Edin Dzeko will not be around for twenty days on the field. Finland plays great in qualifying matches, they lacked much to remain undefeated against Italy, but with 12 points scored, they are now safe in second place. By the end of the qualifications they have a good schedule. A draw in Zenica, where the match will be played, would be quite custom.
Bosnia and Herzegovina team news:
Much more was expected from this selection, especially after success in the League of Nations. It started off solidly with a win over Armenia and a draw with Greece, when they dropped a 2-0 lead.
It seemed that this match knocked them out of the rhythm and then they played very poorly in Finland. In that match they were defeated 2-0. In a match with Italy they played a good game. They were leading, however, in the end were still defeated 2: 1. They also struggled with Lichtenstein, though the final 5-0 did not show it.
In the last round defeat to Armenia by 4: 2 and resignation of select Prosinecki, who still changed his mind and is still there.
Probable lineup: Šehić – Bičakčić, Šunjić, Zukanović, Kolašinac – Cimirot, Pjanić – Višća, Gojak, Hajrović – A.Hodžić
Finland team news:
The Finns are a pleasant surprise for these qualifications and are really close to ensure a historic EC placement. They can handle everything in the next two matches with direct competitors, Bosnia and Armenia.
In this away game they aim to remain undefeated, and if they were to win, then they would have a match ball on home soil against Armenia. They have lost twice so far, both times from the favored Italy, while the other rivals have been defeated. They gave good resistance in the last round and it was 2-1 for Italy. Sparv who didn’t play that match is now coming back.
Probable lineup: Hradecky – Raitala, Arajuuri, Toivio, Uronen – Sparv, Kamara – Soiri, Lod, Lappalainen – Pukki
The host has no choice and must play offensively to win, even though they are without the best player. The Finns have some room for calculations, but they will surely look for a counterattack. That is why we believe there will be goals in this match.
Where to watch:
TV Channels: Futbol, Match! Futbol, SportKlub (BiH), SportKlub (Cro), SportKlub (Mac), SportKlub (Mon), SportKlub (Ser), SportKlub (Slo), Sport TV (Por), TV2 Sport Premium, Viaplay (Fin), Viasat Jalkapallo
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