Bosnia and Herzegovina v Iceland – Betting Preview
Bosnia and Herzegovina Summary
The former boss Petev was relieved of his duties as Bosnia-Herzegovina head coach at the end of 2022. This was despite overseeing Nations League promotion.
Petev had seen the country through an impressive Nations League campaign, losing only once in six matches to finish above Finland, Montenegro and Romania.
They relied heavily on home form during that year. Bosnia-Herzegovina failed to win any of their away games. Drawing in Finland and Montenegro before suffering a 4-1 hammering in Romania last time out.
The new man in charge of Bosnia is Faruk Hadzibegic – the successor is well received and will be gunning for a win in this opening game. This should see them well motivated and reliable to perform at or near their best.
Their key man is Edin Dzeko. He has netted 64 goals in 126 for Bosnia-Herzegovina. Hopes are pinned on him to overcome Iceland on Thursday. As shown below, he still is producing where it matters in the Italian top flight.
Roma midfielder Benjamin Tahirovic is expected to get his debut for Bosnia-Herzegovina b on Thursday. Much is expected of the 20-year-old Roma player.
There is a small but interesting angle to be positive about Iceland here because, unlike other countries coming into this international break, they have already participated in a couple of friendlies since the turn of the year.
They drew 1-1 with Estonia before losing 2-1 to Sweden in January.
Back in November 2022, they competed in a low profile cup against lower-ranked nations, winning that which will have boosted confidence.
The overall form is not great for the visitor who would settle for a draw. A largely ageing squad, Iceland has now failed to win any of their previous seven matches inside 90 minutes. In this spell, they have recorded four draws and three losses.
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Bosnia is strong at home. They have scored five and kept two clean sheets across three home victories to secure promotion in the Nations league. Bosnia to win is @ 1.83.
The draw is @ 3.40 and Iceland to win is @ 4.05.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Bosnia and Herzegovina are -0.5 @ 1.81. Iceland is @ 1.98 with the draw onside. Preference here is for the home side.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all. The line is set at 2.25, the over is @ 1.87 and the Under is @ 1.95.