By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 15th October 2018
Northern Ireland face the long trek to the Grbavica Stadium to face a strong Bosnian side in their UEFA Nations League clash. Micheal O’Neill’s side have struggled away from home and will have to graft if they are to take anything away from this game.
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland: Odds and Predictions
The Golden Lillies are tipping at 78/100, while Northern Ireland are our 4/1 underdog picks, with a potential draw on the cards trading at 12/5.
Robert Prosinečki’s side have the upper hand over Northern Ireland with a significantly more potent attacking line-up.
Pulling the strings in the centre of the pitch is the Juve midfielder Miralem Pjanic
The 28-year-old will be the key to Bosnia’s attack by providing cutting through balls and passes to those in more advanced positions, chiefly Edin Dzeko.
Yet to rule out Pjanic’s striking ability would be foolish.
His set-piece technique has undone sturdier defence’s than Northern Ireland, and he has a left-foot to be rivalled with in front of goal.
The Bosnian is projected to score with odds of 7/1 as the first installation of our Bosnia vs Northern Ireland predictions.
Yet while the Green Army might not be as thrilling on the attack, they still possess the means to clinch a win away from home.
Essential to a potential upset will be Liam Boyce.
The Burton forward has scored five goals in his opening 11 appearances, with vital goals against Aston Villa and South End.
The aerial threat that Boyce will provide is predicted to cause the Bosnian defenders some havoc, and he will be their main attacking outlet on the counter.
Our tipsters are forecasting Boyce to score, at an 11/1 pick in our betting tips.
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland head-to-head: (most recent first) Bosnia 2-1 Northern Ireland
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland predictions: Score, scorer tips, anytime scorer odds
Predicted score: Bosnia to win 2-1, picked @ 8/1
While Northern Ireland may be able to hold out for the full ninety, we’re wagering that the Bosnian offence will have too much firepower for them.
In all competitions, Bosnia are unbeaten in their last seven matches (W4 D3) since a friendly defeat against Mexico in February.
Given that O’Neill’s men have a woeful record on the road, perhaps a 2-1 score prediction is the most sensible of all the bets in our Bosnia vs Northern Ireland predictions to punt on.
Predicted scorer: Edin Dzeko to score first, tipped @ 11/4
Roma’s forward has been directly involved in five goals in his last five competitive international appearances for Bosnia (3 goals, 2 assists).
The 32-year-old will provide an aerial threat to rival that of Liam Boyce for his side, combined with his prolific striking technique in front of goal.
Dzeko showcased this in the reverse fixture last month where he was awarded the Man of The Match award in his team’s narrow 2-1 victory over O’Neill’s men.
He was a nuisance for Jonny Evans and co, and used his strength on the ball to effectively counter the man-marking used against him.
With odds of 11/4 in our betting tips, there is a strong forecast of Dzeko making it onto the score-sheet in this League B UEFA Nations clash.
Anytime scorer: Josh Magennis, picked @ 10/3
Things haven’t gone too well for the Bolton Wanderers striker recently.
After scoring three goals in three games in September/October 2017, he has failed to score in his last seven appearances for Northern Ireland.
Yet this should not take away from his goal-scoring capabilities.
He has scored four goals in domestic colours in his opening 11 starts this season, with the most recent goal a feature of an impressive performance against Birmingham.
Whether this signifies a change in form still remains an uncertainty.
But luck favours the bold, and with odds of 10/3, Magennis has the chance to cement his role in this starting 11 with a goal as the final installation of our Bosnia vs Northern Ireland predictions
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland stats: Opta
- After a run of five consecutive victories in all competitions, Northern Ireland have won just two of their last 10 (D2 L6).
- Bosnia-Herzegovina were the victors in their maiden clash with Northern Ireland last month (2-1), despite attempting 21 fewer shots than their opponents
- Away from home, Northern Ireland are winless in their last five matches (D2 L3), failing to score a single goal in that run.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.