Bosnia vs Latvia by DamirJ
Bosnia started of with a remarkable 8:1 win over Liechtenstein away from home. Although the opponents were several levels below the quality of Bosnian offensive players, such a big margin win is rare to see in the qualifying rounds at European continent. Well earned win for Bosnians, with their most known players had the biggest role at the match with Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic scoring three goals each, while Zvjezdan Misimovic scored two goals.
With this result in an away win, the Bosnians equalized their previous record win (earned against Estonia 7:0 several years back) and made significant difference in goals, which could be important later on in tied cases. However, their coach does admit that the group isn't weak and that everyone except Liechtenstein represent good opponents for them. Although, not much is expected to be changed in their squad, three important players could be included for tonight's game. Defender Mensur Mujdza (15 appearances for national team) and central midfielder Haris Medunjanin (21 appearances) returning from injury, while left-back - midfielder Senad Lulic (18 appearances) served the suspension earned in a play-off match against Portugal last November and can be included in the squad once again. Right back Boris Pandza and midfielder Elvir Rahimic are still out for this game due injuries.
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Latvia, on the other side, is coming from a 1:2 loss at home against Greece in the qualifier opener on Friday night. Unfortunately for them, they had the lead and didn't look like losing when they scored the goal from the penalty kick in 42nd minute of the game by Cauna, but the Greeks played better at the second half-time and needed just twenty five minutes to overturn the game completely with goals from Spyropoulos and Gekas.
In the preparation period for the qualifying stage, the Latvians had some interesting results, such as win over Lithuania 5:0, draw against Finland 1:1, but also loss to Montenegro 0:2 in August on the road. Although they didn't show that they can match with the best teams away from home, they are saying that they are coming for a win in Bosnia. Guests will have all the players at disposal, including Fertovs who missed the game against Greece, while the only doubtful player is defender Vitalijs Smirnovs.
In any scenario, with Latvians defending or attacking, goals look like a certain thing in this game. Bosnians have enough attacking power to score a few goals here, while their defense isn't at the highest level and player's individual quality can't be compared to the ones played in offensive part of the team. If Latvians are really coming to make something out of the game, this can easily turn to much more than over 2.5 what is needed for the bet to be a winning one.
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