Our prediction for this Nations League match:
Netherlands will be looking to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to Italy when they take on Bosnia in their third group game in the UEFA Nations League. The Oranje aim to get back on course as soon as possible, and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Balkan Dragons. The good news for the visitors is that the likes of Daley Blind, Steven Berghuis and Donyell Malen return to the squad. Teun Koopmeiners, on the other hand, could make his Netherlands debut against Bosnia.
As always, a man to watch in the away team will be Liverpool ace Virgil van Dijk, who is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defender after set pieces. The Bosnians head into the match following the Euro playoffs game against Northern Ireland, meaning that boss Dusan Bajevic is unlikely to field the best possible side in the Nations League clash. Anyhow, away win should be considered as the Oranje are eager to return to winning ways.
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 (Netherlands):
Netherlands are well known for the colour of their shirts. The orange colour is the symbol of the Dutch national team and that is the reason why they got a nickname the Oranje. Netherlands won the 1988 European Championship in West Germany, with the team beating the Soviet Union in the title game.
A number of top-class players were part of the Netherlands national team that won the Euro 1988 trophy, with the likes of Ruud Gullit, Marco van Basten, Frank Rijkaard and Erwin Koeman all starting the match against the Soviet Union. However, many people consider Johan Cruyff the best player in the history of Dutch football. Cruyff won three European Cups with Ajax as a player and he clinched the European Cup with Barcelona as a coach.
Johan Cruyff is well known as “the father of modern football”. Netherlands participated in the World Cup final on three occasions (1974, 1978, 2010), but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. The Oranje welcome their rivals at Amsterdam ArenA, Philips Stadion and Stadion Feijenoord.