Euro 2016 Qualifying (Group stage) Match Preview: Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Belgium

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Updated: October 13, 2014
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Match Date: 13 October 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Bilino Polje, Zenica

(Featured image: Belgium | Source: dailymail.co.uk)

 

Despite being the only squad in the last World Cup to make a debut in the FIFA tournament, Bosnia were not necessarily among the minnows in the competition. In fact, a history against Belgium will unravel truths about how brilliant the team could be when pitted against traditional powerhouses.

 

Bosnia-Herzegovina

The likes of Vedad Ibisevic make Bosnia-Herzegovina a dark horse in international football. However, like any other teams with a major talent in the attack but not necessarily a superpower as a team, the squad need a much more developed tactical plan in order to maximize whatever they have that must be flaunted. Their opening match in the qualifications is proof of much planning they need to carry out in order to finish their job accurately. They succumbed to Cyprus in a 1-2 home loss, with Ibisevic being the only lad from the side to convert an opportunity. In their next brawl, Bosnia held Wales in a draw, but it was not impressive enough as a showpiece because no goal was scored by either teams.

 

Belgium

Belgium’s entry in the Euro qualifications was hindered by a political crisis in Israel, the country they were supposed to brawl against. Hence, they debuted in the tournament only this month, but lucky enough, it was a well-deserved wait. The side won against minnows Andorra with a 6-0 home success in Brussels. Kevin Bruyne scored a brace while Nacer Chadli and Divock Origi netted one goal apiece. Dries Mertens scored the last two goals of the battle. The match, apparently, was mainly as show for Belgium’s attacking power, plus a defense the only a few teams will be able to destroy.

 

The win counts as Belgium’s ninth non-consecutive win in their past 11 matches, a very impressive record considering the country’s small size and lack of a Euro Championship trophy. With this streak, they won against the like of Sweden, Algeria, Russia, and the United States. They only lost once, and that was during the Brazil World Cup against eventual runners up Argentina.

 

Football betting tip: Belgium will narrowly win against Bosnia-Herzegovina.