Bosnia and Herzegovina v Gibraltar preview
FootyOn writers provide a Bosnia and Herzegovina v Gibraltar preview ahead of the duo’s Group H 2018 World Cup qualifier.
Live at 17:00 on Saturday, March 25th on Sky Sports Red Button.
Gibraltar (50/1 match outsiders with betway) travel to Bosnia in search of first competitive points, since gaining UEFA recognition in 2013, and will be buoyed by the fact that the hosts are without star man Edin Dzeko.
However, the Dragons can still call upon the likes of Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanic, Chelsea keeper Asmir Begovic and Hertha Berlin striker Vedad Ibisevic.
As for Gibraltar, they will be without some of their higher profile players Scott Wiseman of League One promotion chasers Scunthorpe United, Forest Green Rovers attacker Jake Gosling and former Sevilla youth player Jack Sergeant. Ryan Casciaro also suffered a late injury.
Gibraltar to rely on experience
But visiting boss Jeff Wood has a wealth of experience at his disposal, including goal hero Lee Casciaro – who exclusively spoke to us ahead of the fixture.
It’s unfortunate that Gibraltar’s UEFA and FIFA membership came towards the latter end of the now 35-year-old’s career, but he’s certainly given his fans plenty of memories in their short history.
Casciaro, whose brothers Kyle and Ryan have also been a big part of the oversees British territory’s footballing rise to date, can boast scoring his nation’s first World Cup and Euro qualifying goals. While, he also famously downed Celtic 1-0 in a Champions League qualifier.
As well as Casciaro, Gibraltar will look to playmaker Liam Walker, who previously played for Portsmouth and recorded a fine strike against Greece this campaign, which led to him being named FIFA Player of the Day.
Relive Walker’s screamer below…
The former Manchester United and Everton trialist is joined by ex-Atletico Madrid youth Jason Pusey, who’s in line to earn a maiden official cap after regaining his love for football. Young forward Anthony Hernandez, who was once on trial with Middlesbrough and in Cadiz’s B team, makes the squad again.
Gibraltar have so far recorded two goals this qualifying campaign from four games, against Greece and Cyprus. Odds of 3/1 with Paddy Power, therefore, look tasty for both teams to score in Zenica.
Dragons aim to get back to winning ways
Bosnia have been inconsistent this campaign so far, having thrashed Estonia at home before being on the receiving end of a 4-0 defeat by Belgium. They’ve also beaten Cyprus 2-0 and drew with Greece.
As mentioned above, they’ll be without Roma star Dzeko, who has three goals in four matches, for the first time.
Juve’s Pjanic, who has four assists from those fixtures, will now have to provide for Ibisevic instead.
Gibraltar have managed to limit the amount of goals scored against them this campaign, compared to the Euro qualifiers, with Belgium being the only team to score more than four past the minnows (6-0).
You can take odds of 13/10 with BetVictor for there to be over 5.5 total match goals, though.
Another tasty price available is in the half time/full time market, for the teams to be drawing at the break and Bosnia to win by the end of the match at 6/1 with BetVictor.
If you’re feeling patriotic too, why not back a shock draw and first ever competitive point for Gibraltar at 22/1 with Betfred? Stranger things have happened in 2016 and 2017 after all…
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