Kick-off: 1945, 15/10/2018
Stadium: Grbavica Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Northern Ireland are facing a Nations League relegation battle after losing their first two matches and look set for more misery in Bosnia on Monday night.
Michael O’Neill’s side went down 2-1 to the same opponents at Windsor Park last month and go into the return fixture following Friday’s 1-0 defeat in Austria.
With injury problems up front adding to their problems, 23/20 for the visitors to be beaten without scoring is our first Bosnia vs Northern Ireland prediction.
A Look At Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Betting Odds
Bosnia had to soak up plenty of pressure in Belfast four weeks ago and were fortunate not to concede an early penalty.
However, star man Edin Dzeko crossed for Haris Duljevic to strike against the run of play on 36 minutes and Elvis Saris pounced on a defensive error to double the advantage midway through the second half.
Will Grigg claimed a close-range consolation in stoppage time, but Bosnia will believe they can do the double over the Irish in Sarajevo.
Bosnia have since beaten Austria 1-0 on home turf, with Roma front man Dzeko on target, and drew 0-0 away to Turkey in Thursday’s friendly.
That makes it just three goals conceded in nine fixtures this year, with only Mexico getting the better of them in San Antonio back in January.
A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds
Northern Ireland followed up the loss to Bosnia by beating Israel 3-0 in a Belfast friendly, earning just a second win in nine matches.
However, Friday’s 1-0 loss to Austria in Vienna was a frustrating affair, with Grigg almost equalising when heading against the post late on but then hobbling off at the end due to a hamstring injury.
That will leave O’Neill short of options up front for this trip, with Kyle Lafferty having withdrawn from the squad and Liam Boyce sidelined with a knee problem.
Reflecting on the Vienna defeat, O’Neill commented: “We’re not going to come here and dominate the ball against a team that is predominantly made up of players from the Bundesliga and the Premier League.
“We had eight Championship players on the pitch and three Premier League players on the pitch. That’s the make-up of our squad.
“It is a step up for a lot of our players to come to this kind of arena against these kinds of players.”
O’Neill’s men may be able to keep things tight early on, though, so 31/10 for a draw at half-time and the hosts to win completes our Bosnia vs Northern Ireland betting tips.
Turkey 0-0 BOSNIA
Austria 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
Head-to-head: Northern Ireland 1-2 Bosnia
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