Our football match prediction:
Bulgaria will be looking to build on a hard-fought 1-0 win over Saudi Arabia when they welcome Bosnia and Herzegovina at their Ludogorets Arena. The Bulgarians proved their worth in the triumph over Juan Antonio Pizzi's team, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in Friday's football game against Bosnia. The Balkan Dragons aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Mexico and we predict that Edin Dzeko and Co. are going to take this friendly very seriously. Both Bulgaria and Bosnia failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals and, no doubt, this is a good opportunity for the two teams to give fans some cheer. A close encounter, though, is on the cards and there is every chance the two sides will share the spoils in Razgrad. When two teams met in a friendly 10 years ago Bulgaria recorded a 2-1 win over Bosnia.
Highlighted Player (Vladislav Stoyanov):
Stoyanov is a Bulgarian goalkeeper playing for PFC Ludogorets Razgrad. The 29-year-old shot stopper is also a member of the Bulgarian national football team with his Cristiano Ronaldo penalty save in an unexpected 1-0 away friendly win over Portugal remaining the highlight of his international career so far. Stoyanov had previously saved another penalty from Real Madrid star in his team’s 2-1 loss to the reigning European champions in 2014. Stoyanov is an experienced goalkeeping veteran who has played for Naftex Burgas, Pomorie, Chernomorets and Sheriff Tiraspol before arriving in Razgrad in 2013. Stoyanov had a fairly successful three-year spell in Moldova, having won two Moldovan National Division titles and one Moldovan Cup.The 2014 Bulgarian Footballer of the Year, Vladislav Stoyanov has made over 90 league appearances for Ludogorets and will be one of the key members in his club’s UEFA Champions League campaign, also one of the rare Bulgarian players in this Brazilian-studded team.
Highlighted Team (Bosnia & Herzegovina):
Bosnia and Herzegovina national football team have been competiting on the international stage since the country declared independence in 1992. The former Yugoslavian republic did well to book their place at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil, but the Balkan Dragons failed to impress at the showpiece tournament. Bosnia were beaten by the likes of Argentina and Nigeria in the group stages of the competition, but they gave fans some cheer on June 25, 2014, with the team beating Iran 3-1 in their final group game. The Dragons welcome their rivals at Bilino Polje in Zenica and the capacity of the venue is 15.600. Bosnia play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, whilst the colour of their away kits is white. Roma attacker Edin Dzeko, who used to play for the likes of Wolfsburg and Manchester City, is undisputedly the team’s most notable footballer. Serie A ace Miralem Pjanic is yet another player to mention as he has established himself as one of the best midfielders in the world football.