Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
Stade de Luxembourg will host Thursday’s Euro 2024 qualifier between Luxembourg and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The hosts aim to keep their qualification hopes alive and we are positive that they will fight tooth and nail against the Balkan Dragons. Keep in mind that, though, that important forward Vincent Thill misses the match through suspension. As always, the opposition back-line should have pacey winger Gerson Rodrigues at bay.
The visitors, on the other hand, missed out on a spot at the next year’s European Championship. As Savo Milosevic’s men experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-0 loss to Portugal in October, we are tempted to put our money on the home side. To make things even worse for the away team, key players Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic have been left out of the squad. Milan midfielder Rade Krunic, though, has overcome his injury.
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 (Luxembourg):
Luxembourg national football team is controlled by Luxembourg Football Federation and they play their home games at Stade Josy Barthel. Les Lions Rouges have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, but they often make life difficult for European teams in the qualifiers.
Luxembourg defeated Macedonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a victory over Czech Republic in the 1996 European Championship qualifying match is considered the team’s biggest success. Les Lions Rouges play their home matches in red shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Jeff Strasser is both the most famous and the most capped Luxembourg player and it has to be noted that the former Bundesliga player made 98 appearances for the national team. Luxembourg recorded their biggest win against Afghanistan (6-0), in the match that was played in London in 1948. Speaking of their biggest defeat, Luxembourg were outclassed by England 9-0 on two occasions (1960, 1982).