Our football match prediction:
Cyprus desperately needed a win over Gibraltar in their last qualifier and they managed to get one. Thanks to the triumph over the rock-bottom team the Cypriotes kept their hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup finals alive, but they face yet another must-win game against Bosnia and Herzegovina. The hosts sit in fourth place in Group H ahead of the visit of Bosnia and they are five points behind the play-offs berth and, no doubt, they are going to leave their hearts on the field in Thursday’s football match. The Balkan Dragons, on the other hand, are on a four-game unbeaten run in their World Cup qualifying group and a win over Cyprus could see them overtake Greece in second place in the standings. Seeing that both teams are likely to go for a victory in Thursday’s clash, we predict that fans are going to see a lively contest at Neo GSP in Nicosia.
Highlighted Player (Georgios Efrem):
Born in Limassol, Cyprus on 5 July, 1989 Georgios Efrem played for his hometown club Apollon Limassol during his youth career, but in 2004 he joined Premier League club Arsenal at the age of 15. In 2007 he moved to Rangers, but he didn’t see any game action with the Gers at senior level. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as an attacking midfielder as well, returned to Cyprus in 2009, signing a deal with Omonia. After scoring 25 goals in 134 league appearances for the club, the 171-cm-tall footballer joined fellow Cypriot outfit APOEL on 6 June, 2014. Efrem made his debut for the club against Helsinki on 30 July, 2014 in the Europa League qualifying match. It has to be noted that he was named the best player of the 2015/2016 Cypriot First Division campaign. The APOEL winger made his Cyprus debut on 3 March, 2010 in a goalless draw with Iceland. Four years later he scored his first ever hat-trick for the Cypriot national team in a 5-0 triumph over Andorra.
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.