Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland
UEFA Nations League
Date: Monday, 15th October 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Grbavica (Sarajevo).
Bosnia & Herzegovina won their first two games of UEFA Nations League B Group 3 and look good to assert their authority against a lackluster Northern Ireland this Monday.
The team managed Robert Prosinecki defeated Northern Ireland in the reverse of the corresponding fixture 2-1 to open their points account before edging past Austria 1-0; both matches played in September.
The Golden Lilies warmed up for this competitive fixture with a friendly against Turkey last Thursday. It ended in a goal-less draw in a draw match which had very few shots on target.
Meantime, poor form continue for Northern Ireland with a 1-0 away defeat to Austria. The team now sits at the foot of the UEFA Nations League B Group 3, having lost the group opener to their Monday’s hosts.
Michael O’Neill’s men are in a poor run of form altogether with the team managing just 2 wins from their last 10 matches in all competitions, drew 2 and lost 6. The goals have dried out while playing away from home, currently looking for the first in six games.
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Head-to-head
The only game played between these two teams was the reverse fixture played at Belfast.
The Dragons secured a 2-1 win with Haris Duljevic and Elvis Saric netting in both halves. Will Grigg came up with a late consolation strike for Norn Iron.
Bosnia has not lost at home in last 3 matches including friendlies. Last time they lost at home was in a WC qualifier against Belgium back in October 2017.
Michael O’Neill’s side has never won an away game in four previous matches.
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Prediction
Northern Ireland are under pressure after losing the two games at the group stage and their away record in recent times is a big letdown. Michael O’Neill’s men haven’t scored a goal five consecutive away games as well as in 8 of their last 10 on the road. The only teams they managed to score against was low ranked sides like San Marino and Azerbaijan.
Bosnia & Herzegovina likes to play some tight football and the only team that scored in their home soil since 2015 is Belgium. They are also not the sort of team that score a lot of goals, thus we are looking at a low scoring affair and the Robert Prosinecki’s men look extremely good to grab another three points on Monday.
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips
Full-Time: Bosnia to win @ 3/5 (1.60)
Under 2.5 goals @ 3/5 (1.61)
Correct Score: 2-0 Bosnia @ 11/2 (6.50).