Date: October 10, 2014
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales
Kick-off time: 19:45 BST
The Group B has thrown in a few surprises in the first round of qualifiers and there’s more to come. With potentially all the underdog teams put together in one group, the entertainment value to a neutral is increased one.
Wales scraped a win against Andorra in some difficult circumstances, while Bosnia-Herzegovina succumbed to a shock defeat to Cyprus.
Wales form: D-D-W-L-W
Wales are without their most important midfielder, Aaron Ramsey and the only credible superstar in their ranks is Gareth Bale. Against Andorra, Wales endured some rough treatment on the pitch by the home team and the artificial turf did not help Wales’ game. Thanks to two Gareth Bale goals, Wales won.
Against Bosnia, the major midfield duties to drive the team forward will fall on rest of the players (Liverpool’s Joe Allen is also out of the squad) and against the likes of Miralem Pjanic and Co. it looks a difficult task to hold one’s ground.
Bosnia-Herzegovina form: L-L-W-W-L
Bosnia’s first game was one to forget and they surely missed their big game players against the lowly Cyprus. Left back Saed Kolasnic and Emir Spahic were missed a lot and the defence looked shaky with their replacements. Midfield as usual is really strong with Muhamed Besic and Pjanic the orchestrators.
Upfront the duo of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic form a lethal partnership and will surely cause problems for the Wales defence.
Wales: Gareth Bale
Real Madrid star is in fine form and will be looking to extend his goal scoring record for the national side. Euro qualification is his best chance to play a major international tournament.
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Miralem Pjanic
The AS Roma midfielder is the one player Bosnia will not want to miss any qualification match. He’s the one, who alongside Besic, keeps the ball moving and carries it in dangerous spaces for their strike duo to take advantage of.
Wales are light in the midfield and this could be their Achilles Heel. World Cup qualifiers Bosnia start at 2.3 (bet365) and should win this if their midfield clicks with William Hill but I like the look of over 2.5 goals in the game which is a best price of 2.15 currently.