Belgium take on Bosnia in what is one of the pick of the week’s Euro 2016 qualifiers. After sinking to a 1-0 loss to Wales in June, it is now up to Belgium to rebound and claw back the three-point gap that has opened up between the two nations in Group B.
Furthermore, the Belgians are now only two points ahead of Israel and Cyprus, with Bosnia only one point further behind. Belgium and their talented generation of players cannot afford to slip up again in qualifying.
Bosnia are in fifth place and hold eight points in Group B. Although Belgium are currently 10 goals ahead in goal difference, it is still possible for Bosnia to move level on 11 points. Quite simply, they are not to be taken lightly. International football can throw up some unexpected results, which is why Bosnia will travel to Belgium with confidence.
Belgium netted 11 of their 13 goals while playing Andorra and Cyprus, which is a clear indictor of how they play against the more difficult teams. Basically, the Belgians have struggled to score when they have come up against stubborn teams that are well-organised.
That level of resistance was exhibited by Bosnia when Belgium were forced to come from behind to salvage a 1-1 away draw back in October. Bosnia can again be expected to play cautiously and attempted to use their limited attacking talents. To win, head coach Marc Wilmots will need Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne to step up in attack.
Bosnia have reason to feel positive because Edin Džeko has joined international teammate Miralem Pjani? at Roma, with the pair combining last weekend to beat Juventus 2-0. Having a few weeks of preseason football together could help Džeko and Pjani? to play more effectively on the counter against Belgium.
Tip one: Belgium to win @ 1.50 with ladbrokes
Tip two: Both teams to score @ 1.90 with ladbrokes
Bosnia’s star attacking duo could combine for a goal in a match that is ultimately won by their more talented Belgian opponents.