Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Bosnia & Herzegovina and Slovakia take on each other at Bilino Polje in what is expected to be a friendly game. The Balkan Dragons missed out on a spot at Euro 2024 finals, while Slovakia have already qualified for the next year’s tournament. The hosts have been struggling under new boss Savo Milosevic and their performance in a 4-1 loss to Luxembourg is not giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Sunday’s encounter. As star players Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic are both out of contention, home win should not be considered.
The Slovaks, on the other hand, came from behind to crush Iceland in front of home fans. Anyhow, the share of spoils is on the cards in Zenica as the visitors have little to play for in the last group game. Italian tactician Francesco Calzona is likely to rest several first-team regulars, with all Suslov, Benes, Duris, and Polievka pushing for a start.
Highlighted Player (Rade Krunic):
Rade Krunic is a product of Sutjeska Foca youth football school. The Bosnia international was born in Foca on October 7, 1993 and 19 years later he made his senior debut with his hometown club Sutjeska.
After scoring three goals in 15 appearances for the Bosnian club, the Bosnian midfielder moved to Serbian side Donji Srem in 2013. In 2014 he signed a contract with Italian side Hellas Verona, but he was immediately loaned back to Donji Srem. In 2015 Rade Krunic made 13 appearances for Serbian side Borac Cacak before joining yet another Italian team Empoli.
He has been playing for the Azzurri ever since and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the Serie A side in a 2-0 win over Genoa in October, 2015. Speaking of his international career, Krunic made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut in a friendly against Denmark on June 3, 2016. He has 8 caps for Bosnia and Herzegovina U21 team as well.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
Slovakia only appeared on the international stage in 1993 as Czechoslovakia fell apart, and the new national team have yet to record a result worth mention. Repre have only qualified for two major tournaments so far, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016, but the current generation definitely seem capable of improving the team’s profile in years to come.
Slovakia currently have quite a few players plying their trade in some of Europe’s top sides, with Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel and Juraj Kucka clearly the leaders of the national team at the moment, but they do struggle in some areas and are not exactly world beaters just yet. Under Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia have become a tough not to crack, relying on rock-solid back line and swift counter-attacks, and they even gave Spain a tough time during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the most capped player and top goalscorer respectively, with Robert Vittek another player worth the mention.