Bosnia & Herzegovina vs Slovakia by Neuro
Bosnia & Herzegovina is entering this match having a 5-1-0 record in the group with goal difference 23:3, being the hot candidate to claim the World Cup ticket as one of the first nations in Europe. The team is in great atmosphere at the moment and everything is set for them to claim the first World Cup participation in the history.
However, they will still have to be aware of other opponents and not to take anyone lightly, starting from the home game against Slovakia. Four rounds till the end of the qualifying stage, they are looking for nine points that would secure them the first position. In the last competitive match, their job was much easier as Latvians stood with a player less from eleventh minute and Bosnians used that fact well, scoring five goals in the second half. Their only draw came in Greece, against biggest rival, while all five victories were with three or more goals scored. In the last friendly match, they lost 3:4 at home against USA, although they had a 2:0 lead in the first half-time and there is no doubt that the Bosnians will want to improve their performance in front of the home crowd. There is no significant absentees for the hosts, except central defender Vranjes who is out with injury from the start of the year.
Slovakia, on the other side, is in a difficult position currently as their national team currently stands third at the table with seven points less than leaders Bosnia, but four points less than Greece too. Their only reasonable chance for qualifying to the World Cup is trying to get the victory here and then chasing Greeks for the second position and later on, finding their chances in play-off round.
However, their team is playing nowhere close to the full potential, while the atmosphere in the national squad is nowhere close to a positive one. They are without a victory in last seven matches, counting four straight draws. Their last competitive match saw them drawing away to Liechtenstein 1:1 which surely is one of the poorest result of their national team in years. Coach Michal Hipp will make his third game at the bench, as he was acquired as a new national coach back in April. Defenders Cech and Zabavnik, midfielders Sapara and offensive players Bakos, Vittek, Holosko and Kubik aren't called for various reasons. In comparison to previous matches, striker Duris and midfielder Svento are back into the team.
Slovakian new coach didn't bring anything special in their team and playing against strong favorites with great atmosphere, there is no other outcome to expect but the victory of Bosnia and Herzegovina easy or hard.