Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

The UEFA Nations League continues as Bosnia-Herzegovina host Northern Ireland.

The home side have taken maximum points from their opening two games in this competition while Michael O’Neill’s men have suffered back-to-back defeats.

Latest Odds

Given their strong start it’s understandable to see Bosnia as odds-on favourites at 78/100 (1.78) with William Hill. That’s an industry best price at the time of writing but the host have been drifting across the board in the build up to the game.

A draw is priced at 23/10 (3.30) while Northern Ireland – who haven’t won an international game away from home since October 2017 when they beat San Marino – are 17/4 (5.25) to record a shock win.

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Team news

Forward Liam Boyce should be available for the visitors after missing Friday’s defeat against Austria. Will Grigg picked up an injury in that game and Kyle Lafferty’s withdrawal leaves O’Neill short of options in the final third. Boyce is priced at 15/4 (4.75) to find the net with William Hill.

Bosnia head coach Robert Prosinecki has no new injury concerns after a 0-0 draw with Turkey. Edin Dzeko is 3/1 (4.0) favourite to open the scoring as he did against Austria in his sides’ last Nations League outing.

Preview

This game seems unlikely to be an action-packed affair. Despite a 2-1 win for Bosnia in the previous meeting between these sides, goals rarely flow freely as far as these nations are concerned.

Northern Ireland haven’t scored a goal in their previous five away games including two 0-0 draws with Switzerland and Panama. That run could well be extended here given their absentee list.

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The visitors are facing relegation from this group and the odds suggest they face a huge task to take anything from their trip to Sarajevo.

Tip and Predictions

Bosnia have seen three of their previous six games end 0-0 while Northern Ireland’s woes in front of goal on the road are well documented.

Under 2.5 goals is likely to be too short to back as a single selection at 8/15 (1.53) but the 13/8 (2.63) about under 1.5 goals makes plenty of appeal.

This has paid out in five of Bosnia’s last seven games as well as two of the three Nations League games contested in Group three so far.

No Goalscorer is 11/2 (6.50) and could also be worth a small stake. This option should always be taken over a bet on the 0-0 correct score where available due to the potential for an own goal to be the difference between the teams.

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England offer Rashford salvation amid Man Utd struggles – Pearce

England have to keep picking Marcus Rashford, says Stuart Pearce, with international football offering “salvation” to a promising forward amid his struggles at Manchester United.

After bursting onto the scene at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal and making a stunning start to his international career, a Red Devils academy graduate was expected to become an established star for club and country.

Rashford has, however, struggled for consistency and momentum at United with Jose Mourinho at the helm, with his game time limited as he faces fierce competition for places.

He has remained an important part of the England set-up, but a lack of sharpness was apparent again in his most recent outing as he squandered a number of golden opportunities in a 0-0 draw with Croatia.

Former Three Lions skipper Pearce believes Gareth Southgate has to keep faith with the 20-year-old as international football is providing the vital learning curve being denied him at a domestic level.

A man with 78 caps to his name told Sky Sports ahead of Monday’s Nations League clash with Spain: “Harry Kane picks himself and you’ve got to keep playing Marcus Rashford.

“At the moment, I watched United against Newcastle and he didn’t have a very good game. I’ve got to say that.

“If anything, for the sake of English football, we’ve got to keep progressing his career I think.

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“It’ll be a salvation for him to meet up with England and get away from Manchester United because of the cloud that’s at the club at the moment.

“He’s playing some games, he’s in and out the team a little bit.

“I think England could be a salvation to get him back on the pitch.”

Rashford has taken in 28 appearances for England to date, netting five goals.

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The 2018-19 campaign has, however, seen him make just two Premier League starts for United and he has found the target only once.

He does appear to have the full backing of his international manager, though, with Southgate telling reporters after seeing the youngster draw a blank in Croatia: “I was really pleased he was in the areas to get those chances and his general performance as the game went on, he looked more and more of a threat.

“He scored twice for us last month [against Spain and Switzerland] and we love him to bits, so he’ll take more of those chances than not.”

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Vermaelen facing six weeks out as Barcelona defensive crisis worsens ahead of El Clasico

Barcelona are facing a defensive injury crisis, with Thomas Vermaelen having been ruled out for up to six weeks with a thigh complaint.

The 32-year-old has endured a series of fitness issues throughout his time at Camp Nou , and is now facing up to another spell on the sidelines.

He was forced off during a recent outing for Belgium against Switzerland and was removed from Roberto Martinez’s squad as a result of that knock.

Subsequent scans have confirmed that the former Arsenal man is set to be kept out of action until December.

A statement released by Barcelona on their official website read: “The tests carried out on Monday confirmed that first team player Thomas Vermaelen has an injury to the femoral biceps of his right leg. Approximate down time is six weeks.”

Vermaelen will now play no part in Belgium’s upcoming friendly clash with the Netherlands on Tuesday.

He will also be unavailable to Barcelona for the foreseeable future, leaving them alarmingly short on centre-half options.

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World Cup winner Samuel Umtiti has already been ruled out for the long-term with a knee problem .

He has been missing since September 26 and no timescale has been put on his recovery, with those at Camp Nou waiting to discover how he responds to treatment before pencilling in a return.

With Vermaelen now in a similar position, Ernesto Valverde has just two fit options available to him at the heart of his back four.

Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet are proven performers at the highest level and are more than capable of covering for absent colleagues, but they cannot afford to pick up any knocks of their own.

Barca, who headed into the international break on the back of a four-match winless run in La Liga, have a number of testing fixtures to come before the end of the calendar year.

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They are set to return to action on Saturday against Sevilla, before then playing host to Inter in the Champions League.

A first Clasico clash of the 2018-19 campaign will then see them welcome arch-rivals Real Madrid to Camp Nou on October 28.

Before the likes of Umtiti and Vermaelen come back into contention, they will also have to take in meetings with the likes of Atletico Madrid, PSV, Villarreal, derby foes Espanyol and Tottenham.

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‘Mbappe will be the best player in the world’ – PSG star is Messi & Ronaldo’s heir, says Gudmundsson

Kylian Mbappe is the heir to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as the best player in the world, according to Iceland international Johann Berg Gudmundsson.

Burnley midfielder Gudmundsson saw the devastating impact Mbappe can make at close quarters last week after France came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with Iceland.

Mbappe was brought on by France coach Didier Deschamps in the 60th minute and the World Cup winners rallied to earn the draw, with the 19-year-old the catalyst for the comeback.

He even stepped up to score a 90th minute penalty in Guingamp and Gudmundsson believes Mbappe is as good, and as fast, as anything he has seen on a football pitch.

“He is definitely special,” Gudmundsson, who was earning his 70th cap for Iceland, told Goal from the national team’s training camp. “He is the quickest player that I have ever seen play, and I have played against Ronaldo and Messi. His pace is something different to those two.

“Obviously, Ronaldo is quick, but it is the turn of pace that is something no other player has got, and to control the ball at that speed is something special. I think he will become the best player in the world in a couple of years, I have no doubt about that.

“It is unbelievable that he is just 19 and what he has done in the last year, to be honest. He has already done so many things. He is only going to get better, as long as his head is right and he stays humble, I think he will be the best player in the world.”

Gudmundsson is playing in an Iceland team that have become heroes in their country after qualifying for both their first European Championship and World Cup in back-to-back tournaments.

With a population of just 334,252, Iceland is the smallest ever nation to qualify for the World Cup and Gudmundsson believes his side should still be regarded as underdogs, even as they increase their standing in world football.

“I never thought I could play in the World Cup with Iceland, definitely not,” Gudmundsson added. “You always dream but it never crossed my mind that I would be able to do it. It is definitely something special and it is a memory that will be tough to beat in my career. 

“But I think we are still always the underdogs. It is always going to be something magical when we get to a big tournament, even though we have done it twice in a row now. We are still the small Iceland. We don’t have the best players in the world but we are a great team here.

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“We do put more expectations on ourselves now. We have done it twice and we want to do it again. It is definitely something you want to do again as a player. We always put pressure on ourselves but people outside expect more so we may have to adapt to that. You saw it a little bit when we lost the last two games.

“When we lost 6-0 [to Belgium], people thought the party was over and all that. I think when the qualifiers start for Euro 2020 that people will expect us to do well and go there. That’s fine with us because we want the same thing. We want to go to big tournaments and give the nation that enjoyment again. To play in these big tournaments. We know the nation gets behind us.

“Just to play in the World Cup was the best experience. To be there, play with these great players. Obviously, we didn’t win a game, which was extremely disappointing, apart from the draw against Argentina in the first game which was a massive thing for us.

“To play against Messi was something I hadn’t done before, which was nice as well. Just to be on the pitch and be able to say forever that you are one of the people who has played at the World Cup is something I will never forget. To be part of Icelandic history is fantastic.”

Five assists and a goal in his opening seven Premier League games for Burnley have led to Gudmundsson being the recipient of much praise in the UK.

But his close friend and Iceland team-mate Sigurdsson has endured one of the toughest spells of his club career in recent years after joining Everton. However, Marco Silva’s appointment as manager over the summer seems to have galvanised the attacking midfielder, who scored a stunning goal in Everton’s win over Leicester before the international break.

“It is just hard work [that has got him back to his best],” he said. “He is an extremely hard-working player with a lot of quality and I always knew he was going to bounce back from a few games that he didn’t play well in. But he is a fantastic player, with fantastic quality who works extremely hard.

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“I always knew he would be back to his best. Over the last few games, he has been one of the best players in the Premier League. He has that quality though and shown that. It was an unbelievable goal and one of his best. It was a joy to watch. He has got that in him, it all comes from practice.

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“When he was younger, he was always out there every day after training practising that. There’s no coincidence and there’s always a reason. If you have done the things that Gylfi has done, then you can produce fantastic moments. We met each other at 12 or 13, we have been good friends since then.

“We live close to each other in Manchester. We have always been best mates and it is also just nice to play with good players. He is a good player and our chemistry on the pitch is good. It is good for Iceland. That’s the special thing about this group. Five of these players are my best mates and to do it with your nation in Iceland together in big tournaments, it is all a dream come true.”

Iceland face Switzerland in the Nations League on Monday night in Reykjavík with their group also containing Roberto Martinez’s Belgium side.

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Iceland v Switzerland Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Thursday night saw Iceland continue their incredible scoring run against world champions France by netting two goals against Les Bleus for the fourth match in a row in a 2-2 draw.

Now Erik Hamren’s team face Switzerland in their third match in the Nations League, and will be looking for a better performance than in their opening two matches of the competition.

Iceland were thoroughly beaten 6-0 by Switzerland in their first game before going down to 3-0 to Belgium, leaving them with it all to do to avoid relegation.

Latest odds

Iceland are offered at 17/5 (4.40) by 888Sport to secure their first win in the Nations League, with Switzerland priced at 21/25 (1.84) and the draw at 51/20 (3.55).

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Team news

Iceland fielded a strong line up in their friendly against France last week and expect them to do so once more, with Everton star Gylfi Sigurdsson set to lead the side.

Switzerland were in action on Thursday night in the Nations League losing 2-1 to Belgium. Haris Seferovic started up front for the Swiss but he was replaced by goalscorer Mario Gavranovic, who will now push for a starting berth.

Preview

Iceland came extremely close to securing a memorable win against France on Thursday but capitulated at the back to concede two late goals.

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The goals they did score were well taken and Strakarnir okkar have an excellent scoring record on home soil, having netted in nine of their last ten home matches.

Switzerland also conceded late on, with Romelu Lukaku scoring what proved to be the winner for Belgium six minutes from time, but they have scored in nine of their 11 matches in 2018, netting against the likes of Spain, Brazil and Belgium.

Against a leaky Icelandic defence which has not kept a clean sheet in over 12 months, they will feel they can get among the goals once more.

Tips and predictions

Both teams to score is priced at 19/25 (1.76) and could be of interest, although more attractive are the odds of 27/25 (2.08) for over 2.5 goals. This selection has paid out in Iceland’s last four matches, as well as in four of the last six games played by the Swiss.

Betting Banner - Best BetOver 2.5 goals at 27/25 (2.08) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport

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