Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica when Bosnia & Herzegovina and Greece take on each other in the 2018 World Cup qualifier. Bosnia suffered a heavy 4-0 loss to Belgium in October, but they quickly got back on course. The Bosnians are on a three-game unbeaten run in the process and a victory over Greece would see them climb to top position in Group H. Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic failed to win the Champions League trophy at the weekend, but, no doubt, he is going to prove a handful for the opposition defenders in Friday’s football match. Greece have yet to suffer a loss in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, but considering that Bosnia are a real force to be reckoned with at home, especially when playing in Zenica, we predict that Mehmed Bazdarevic’s men will pick up all three points from the game.
Highlighted Player (Andreas Samaris):
Greece international midfielder Andreas Samaris began his career playing for Panachaiki before his spells with Panionios and Olympiakos. Benfica is the first international experience for the 27-year-old player who arrived in Portugal in 2014. A full international since 2013, Samaris represented Greece at the 2014 FIFA World Cup during which he managed to make his presence known and earn a move abroad. Andreas Samaris operates as a central midfield but is capable of filling in defensive midfielder role. Greek international was the mainstay for Benfica during his first two seasons at the club managing 46 Primeira Liga appearances during the period. He also added 12 Champions League appearances. Andreas Samaras helped Benfica win two Primeira Liga titles, two Taca da Liga trophies and one Super Cup. Greek international was the regular performer for his national team during the unsuccessful Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with ten games to his name.
Highlighted Team (Greece):
Former European champions Greece played their first official match on April 7, 1929, with the team suffering a heavy 4-1 loss to Italy in Athens. The Greeks booked their place at the FIFA World Cup finals in 1994 for the first time ever, but they failed to impress at the showpiece tournament in United States of America. The Galanolefki were eliminated in the group stages of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as well, but they made it to the knockout stages of the tournament in Brazil four years later. However, the Greeks were more than unfortunate not to book their place in the quarter-finals as they were beaten by Costa Rica on penalties. However, Greece did remarkably well to win the 2004 European Championship and that is considered the national team’s biggest success. Otto Rehhagel outplayed the likes of France and Czech Republic in the knockout stages to set up a meeting with hosts Portugal in the title game. Thanks to Angelos Charisteas’ goal 12 minutes into the second half Greece won the European Championship.