Bosnia and Herzegovina will be hosting Greece in a crucial Group H game in 2018 World Cup qualifying at the Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica this Friday, June 9th. Both teams are still in the race for a top-two finish and the three points up for grabs will go a long way in securing it. Belgium currently leads the group with 13 points while Greece is right behind them with 10. Bosnia and Herzegovina sits in third spot with 10 points and they’re followed by Cyprus and Estonia with four points each while Gibraltar brings up the rear with no points.
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Greece – World Cup Soccer Odds:
- Pinnacle currently lists Bosnia as the favorites to win the game at -133 with Greece +484 and a draw at +247
World Cup Soccer Odds – Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Greece Head to Head:
- These two teams have met just eight times in the past with Greece winning four, losing one and drawing the other three. They’ve also outscored Bosnia and Herzegovina 13-6. Their last meeting was a World Cup qualifier in Greece in March which ended in a 1-1 draw when the home team equalized in the last minute of the match. Bosnia is unbeaten in the last three meetings with a win and three draws. Greece won the first four meetings, but hasn’t beaten Bosnia since October of 2007.
World Cup Soccer Odds – Bosnia and Herzegovina – A Closer Look:
Bosnia and Herzegovina enters the contest in third place in the six-team group 10 points. They have three wins, one draw and one defeat with 13 goals for and five against. The nation is currently ranked number 29 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being number 13 back in August of 2013. They’ve also been ranked as low as 173rd in September of 1996. Bosnia has four wins, a loss and a draw in their last six games. Their last outing was a 4-1 loss in Spain 1-0 in a World Cup qualifier in March.
Bosnia and Herzegovina played as a part of the former nation of Yugoslavia and made their international football debut in 1993. The team is currently managed by Mehmed Bazdarevic with Edin Dzeko being listed as the squad’s current skipper. The nation has appeared in one World Cup, which was in Brazil in 2014 where they didn’t make it out of the group stage. However, they’ve never qualified for a European Championship as of yet. Bosnia has won all three of their 2018 World Cup qualifiers at home.
World Cup Soccer Odds – Greece – A Closer Look:
Greece enters this match in second place in Group G. They’re three points back of Belgium and just one in front of Bosnia. They’re unbeaten in group play with three wins and two draws while scoring 10 goals and allowing three against. The Greek squad is ranked number 39 in the world by FIFA with their highest ever ranking being seventh in January of 2014. Greece has three wins, a loss and two draws in their past six games. Their last outing was a 1-1 draw in Belgium in a World Cup qualifier in March.
Greece is currently managed by Michael Skibbe of Germany while Vasilis Torosidis is the current captain of the squad. Greece made its international debut back n 1929 and the team has qualified for three World Cups since then. Their best showing was reaching the round-of-16 in Brazil in 2014. The nation has also qualified for four European Championships and won the title in Portugal in 2004 by beating the host nation.
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Greece – Takeaway:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina can tie Greece in the standings with a draw and pass them with a win. There are nine European World Cup qualifying groups of six teams. The nine group winners will automatically qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia and the eight second-place teams with the best records will enter a two-game playoff series.