Euro 2021 play-offs are finally on their way, so let's take a look at the predictions for Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland game as this match is going to be an even one.
Several matches will be played during the current international break including the meeting between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland. The match will be played on the 8th of October at the Bilino Polje Stadium, Zenica.
Bosnia and Herzegovina have home advantage and as this is a once-off match, with no second leg to come, playing at home could make a significant difference to the outcome of this game. The winner will go on to play the team which comes through the match between Slovakia and Republic of Ireland at home.
Let's take a closer look at both teams in our Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland betting predictions and for the latest Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland betting odds .
Bosnia and Herzegovina were drawn in a qualifying group with Italy, Finland, Greece, Armenia and Liechtenstein. Italy were always going to be the team to beat in this group and so it proved as they progressed with a 100% record. However, Bosnia and Herzegovina would have expected to push Finland and Greece close for the second automatic qualifying position but ended up finishing in 4th place.
They won only 4 of their 10 matches, losing 5 and finished 5 points adrift of Finland who claimed the second qualifying spot.
However, the Euro 2020 playoff matches were decided by the Nations League which has come into force as a replacement for international friendly games. Bosnia and Herzegovina were placed in League B and drawn in a group which contained Austria and Northern Ireland. Bosnia and Herzegovina came top of the group, winning 3 and drawing one of their 4 games.
Interestingly, 2 of those 3 victories came against upcoming opponents Northern Ireland, including a 2-0 home win. Therefore, it should come as no surprise to see the Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland betting odds favouring the hosts with Bet365.
Continue below for more Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland betting tips as we take a look at the chances of the away team.
2. Bosnia vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips
Northern Ireland finished third in their 2020 European Championship qualifying group behind Germany and Netherlands. Despite qualifying for the previous European Championship this group is always going to be tough for Northern Ireland especially as Netherlands were looking strong following a disappointing few years.
It’s good seeing all the players now playing regular games and more players now within our squad getting games. Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis and Conor Washington are all playing games and have all started off scoring so hopefully that will continue. - Ian Baraclough during his press conference
Germany topped the group on 21 points while Netherlands were second on 19 points. Northern Ireland were somewhat further behind on 13 points, meaning they were 6 points away from the 2nd place team. Northern Ireland won 4 of their 8 qualifying games but lost both meetings with Germany plus tasted defeat away against Netherlands.
Therefore, Northern Ireland enter the playoffs following their position in the Nations League. However, their inclusion in the Euro 2020 playoff matches is due to the fact that so many of the teams placed above them in the ranking automatically qualified for the tournament rather than their own position.
In fact, Northern Ireland lost all 4 of their Europa League matches and finished bottom of the group which contained Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. That performance is one of the main reasons why Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland betting odds have the away team seen as the outsiders at with Bet365.
We have more Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland predictions below.
3. Other Betting Odds and Live Streaming
Bosnia and Herzegovina may have lost their final home match in qualifying but are generally tough to beat when playing on home soil. They have lost only 2 at their last 9 home games and have scored 2 or more goals in 5 of their last 7. You can get 2.35 with Bet365 for over 2.5 goals in this game.
Northern Ireland are sure to make it tough for the hosts and their first priority will be to keep a clean sheet. However, they failed to do that in the Nations League meeting between the two teams and Bosnia and Herzegovina will fancy their chances of making the breakthrough inside 90 minutes although it is unlikely they will score more than 2 goals.
What about Bosnia vs Northern Ireland Live Streaming? With the recent coronavirus outbreak the match will be played with or without audience. However, there is usually a chance to watch the game live from the comfort of your own home. All you need to to is register an account with 1xBet, who offer the option of Live Streaming of majority of football events - while watching the game, don't forget to make a good use of our Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland predictions!
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Predictions