Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
A place in the Euro playoffs final will be at stake when Bosnia & Herzegovina take on Northern Ireland at Bilino Polje on Thursday evening. The Balkan Dragons aim to bounce back from the Nations League defeat to Poland, and they are likely to fight tooth and nail in the promotion game. As always, a man to watch in the home team will be Edin Dzeko. The good news for the hosts is that Barcelona summer signing Miralem Pjanic has overcome his injury.
The visitors, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 5-1 loss to Norway. Considering that Northern Ireland are not regarded as good travellers, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the home side. In their last meeting in a competitive match Bosnia recorded a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland.
Highlighted Player (Armin Hodzic):
Armin Hodzic is Bosnia and Herzegovina international who plays for Hungarian side MOL Vidi as a forward. Hodzic is a product of Liverpool football academy, but he did not see any game action for the Reds first team in the Premier League. In 2012 he was loaned to Bosnian side Zeljeznicar and after scoring 18 goals in 45 appearances for the capital club, Hodzic moved to Dinamo Zagreb.
Hodzic won three domestic trophies with the Modri before joining MOL Vidi in 2018. Speaking of his international career, Armin Hodzic made his Bosnia and Herzegovina debut on May 29, 2016 in a friendly against Spain. The Balkan Dragons were beaten by la Roja 3-1 that day.
Armin Hodzic’s main position is centre-forward, but he plays as both second striker and left winger as well. The MOL vidi attacker doesn’t have a preferred foot. The Bosnian attacker was born in Sarajevo on November 17, 1994.
Highlighted Team (Northern Ireland):
Competing first under the Irish flag and then as an independent entity, Northern Ireland are one of world’s oldest national teams, but they haven’t enjoyed too much success in history. Led by Danny Blanchflower, the Irish impressed at their first ever World Cup finals appearance, reaching the quarter-finals in 1958, but they have since only played at the 1982 and 1986 tournaments, reaching round 2 and crashing out in the group stage respectively.
Northern Ireland had failed to qualify for 13 successive European Championship finals before finally booking their ticket to the Euro 2016 in France, and the fans hope this success will only be a sign of things to come. Without a doubt, George Best is the most famous footballer to have ever put on the green shirt, scoring 9 goals in 37 appearances, but he couldn’t help the national team close the gap behind Europe’s top sides.
Some of the other high-profile footballers include Pat Jennings, Aaron Hughes, David Healy, Keith Gillespie, Steven Davies and Gareth McAuley.