Cyprus vs Bosnia
Competition: EURO 2016, Qualification
Ground: GSP Stadium, Nicosia
Manager: Pambos Christodoulou
Cyprus had a very good performance against Israel and managed to get the victory which gives a big chance for qualification to the play-offs. In general, all the performances of Cyprus were very good except the away game against Belgium. Cyprus needs to win this game and at the same time, Israel must not win Belgium in Brussels. The scenario is not easy but not impossible. The chances for Israel to win Belgium are not many and Cyprus can win Bosnia in front of a fully packed stadium. In Cyprus they know that they can’t dominate a game against a team with much higher quality but they know that they can take advantage of speed and counter attacks. Christodoulou is a smart coach and he knows how to take advantage of his opponent’s weaknesses. In any case Cyprus will try to win this game in order to get the 3rd place.
Manager: Mehmed Baždarević
It managed to win Wales at home 2-0 and also took advantage of the win of Cyprus against Israel and climbed on the 3rd place. It might have been better however if Israel had won the game or it had ended in a draw. The possibility that Belgium will win Israel is great and Cyprus would have no motivation or any targets on this game. In any case however Bosnia would need the win. Cyprus showed that battles all its games and even if it had no targets it could have caused troubles to Bosnia. Bosnia started badly having only 2 points on the first 4 games. On the next 5 games however it managed to collect 12 points and now it needs a win in order to qualify to the play-offs. If Israel doesn’t win Belgium then Bosnia will be satisfied with a draw. The game against Cyprus will not be easy. They need to be focused. As a reminder on the opening game, Cyprus won 2-1 in Zenica.
Prediction: At the end of the day Bosnia might be okay with a draw. I don’t believe however that will take such a risk against a team that has enthusiasm. In football anything can happen and Israel might be able to win Belgium. It’s not easy but you never know. For Cyprus, the competition is very successful. Even if they lose tonight they have already achieved respect. They will try to win the game in order to have their chances. I don’t expect a very open game but I expect goals so my choice is over 2.5 goals.
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