Odds Bosnia-Herzegovina Will Win World Cup
Getting drawn into the same group as Argentina at a World Cup taking place in South America is never good news. But there is an upside for Bosnia-Herzegovina, who are +600 to win Group F, well behind the heavily favored Argentines. Playing in their first World Cup, Bosnia-Herzegovina are 10/11 favourites to join Argentina as the two squads who will advance to the Round of 16.
Offense is the key to success for Bosnia-Herzegovina, who sport a solid midfield. But the squad has a defense that can be porous at time. The side has faced few top-tier competitors in the last couple years, but have been competitive when they have. In addition to a 2-1 win over Brazil in a 2012 friendly, the Bosnians posted a win and a tie against Greece in qualifying, while dropping a pair of decisions to USA and Argentina in a pair of 2013 friendlies.
Early World Cup Pick
Participating in their first World Cup, Bosnia-Herzegovina are not in the same elite class as Argentina. But they are leaps and bounds ahead of Iran, who are a +330 longshot to win Group F. The biggest challenge for Bosnia-Herzegovina is likely to come from Nigeria, who closely trail in odds to win the group at +800. The Nigerians are a young, talented squad who, like Bosnia-Herzegovina, will field a questionable defense. Given that they are likely to defeat Iran and will be hard pressed to stop Argentina’s potent offense, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s match against Nigeria will likely determine whether they can advance to the Group Stage.
Bosnia-Herzegovina Qualifying Results - How they got to the World Cup
After posting a win and a draw against rival Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina won European qualifying Group G, edging out the Greeks on goal differential.
07/09/12 Liechtenstein 1 – 8 Bosnia-Herzegovina
11/09/12 Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 – 1 Latvia
12/10/12 Greece 0 – 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
16/10/12 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 – 0 Lithuania
22/03/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 – 1 Greece
07/06/13 Latvia 0 – 5 Bosnia-Herzegovina
06/09/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 – 1 Slovakia
10/09/13 Slovakia 1 – 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
11/10/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 – 1 Liechtenstein
15/10/13 Lithuania 0 – 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
Bosnia-Herzegovina World Cup Group Play Schedule
15/06/14 Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina - Estadio do Maracanã
21/06/14 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina - Arena Pantanal
25/6/14 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran - Arena Fonte Nova
Bosnia-Herzegovina Key Players
Edin Dzeko FW Manchester City - A top flight forward who can score from all over the pitch, Dzeko was named the 2010 Bundesliga Players’ Footballer of the Year.
Vedad Ibisevic FW Stuttgart – A former NCAA Freshman of the Year and All-American at Saint Louis University, Ibisevic scored eight goals for Bosnia-Herzegovina during World Cup qualifying.
Miralem Pjanic MF Roma AS Roma – The attacking midfielder is an old-school playmaker who recorded three goals and four assists in eight World Cup qualifying matches.