Wales’ celebrations may have to be put on hold in Zenica
Even if Wales lose against Bosnia-Herzegovina in Zenica, they still have a ‘get out of jail free’ card in their back pocket with a final match against Group B minnows Andorra in Cardiff to come.
Chris Coleman’s team need just one win to make absolutely certain of qualifying for Euro 2016, though a point will probably also suffice with Israel five points adrift.
Bosnia-Herzegovina are realistically still in a three-way contest for the final play-off place in the section with Israel and Cyprus and are no mugs. They are captained by former Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, now at Roma, and Chelsea’s Asmir Begovic is the Bosnians’ first-choice goalkeeper. Hertha Berlin’s Vedad Ibisevic scores a goal every three games at international level and is another threat to possible Welsh celebrations at the Bilino Polje, where the home side have already beaten Israel and Andorra and drawn with Belgium.
Wales are on the brink of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time in almost 60 years, however, and will be fighting tooth and nail to realise their dream.
It’s a boost that Liverpool’s Joe Allen is fit again as he’s been very effective in the holding midfield role, allowing Bale and Aaron Ramsey to push forward and support the strikers. Joe Ledley also returns and Sam Vokes could threaten Hal Robson-Kanu’s place up front having been among the goals for Burnley lately.
Wales will want to get qualification confirmed as quickly as possible but may have to wait a few more days as Bosnia-Herzegovina are strong at home and this is a ‘must-win’ game for the hosts, who we have priced up at 5/6 in our Full Time Result market. Bosnia by 1 in our Winning Margins market is 12/5.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday, October 10th at the Bilino Polje, Zenica
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