Belgium vs Bosnia by Isaiah
Belgium made a strong start into the new qualifying path, as the team managed to get quite impressive 3:0 victory in a game against Cyprus away from home back on 6th September. They were dominating the match from the first till last moment and simply showed to be much more mature side.
Always threatening whenever they had ball to their feet, it was easy for them to take the lead in 13th minute with a goal from Lukaku, while the same player doubled up the lead in 61st, with Carrasco scoring the third in 81st. They had more chances created and the victory could have been bigger, with Batshuaryi for example missing the penalty kick at the end of the match.
Defender Thomas Vermaelen (58/1) is injured, as well as other center back Vincent Kompany (70/4) who didn't manage to play for the national team this year anyway. Midfielder Moussa Demebele (66/5) is doubtful with some problems and should not be able to help this time. Striker Kevin de Bruyne (46/12) is out injured.
Bosnia didn't have a really hard task in the previous match, since the team was playing against Estonia at home, but still showed more than convincing performance and maybe, above expectations, managed to take impressive 5:0 victory. It was well obvious from the first moment that the hosts are way better side, taking the lead already in seventh via Spahic.
Dzeko doubled up the lead in 23rd from the penalty spot, while Medunjanin, Ibisevic and Spahic again, scored three goals in last twenty minutes for the complete victory. Estonians were limited to a passive role and threatened on really rare ocassions. Bosnians go into this match knowing that they will most likely fight for the second position together with Greece, so even though the team needs points, at the same time they can only benefit from a positive outcome here, knowing that they don't have plenty to lost at stake.
In comparison to previous couple of matches, Bosnia won't be counting at injured midfielders Muhamed Besic (26/0), but also midfielder Sejad Salihovic (47/4) and defender Mensur Mujdza (37/0) both being out of quite some time now.
Chances of Belgium to reach the World Cup are high, being drawn together with Greece and Bosnia (out of stronger nations), but the team will need to show a convincing performance here. Bosnians, on the other side, know that they can't afford to only defend here, being the fact that their attack is better part of the team, so goals are my first choice here. I wouldn't be surprised to see three goals being scored even inside the first halftime.