class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With the Green and White Army struggling for form in recent fixtures, Al Hain-Cole can't see them finding their way past Bajevic's men in Sarajevo
Bosnia and Northern Ireland will be hoping to move one step closer to Euro 2020 qualification when they meet at the Stadion Grbavica in Thursday’s play-off semi-final.
The winner of this one-off clash will go through to a final against either Slovakia or the Republic of Ireland and the opportunity to qualify for next summer’s rescheduled tournament.
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland Latest Odds
Having come out on top in both of their Nations League meetings in 2018, Dusan Bajevic’s men are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with bet365 to progress with another win.
The Green and White Army have won just one of their last seven matches in all competitions, and are 16/5 (4.20) outsiders to pull off a big win in Sarajevo.
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A draw would see this clash go to extra-time and potentially penalties, and you can get odds of 23/10 (3.30) on them remaining deadlocked after 90 minutes.
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland Team News
Haris Duljevic will not take part after testing positive for COVID-19, while Milan Duric has been called up to replace the injured Elvir Koljic.
Johnny Evans and Tom Flanagan are both available again after missing September’s matches, although Matthew Kennedy has been ruled out due to injury.
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland Preview
New manager Ian Baraclough certainly has large shoes to fill in replacing Michael O’Neill, who was originally supposed to be in charge for these fixtures before the coronavirus crisis caused their postponement.
Although he made a creditable start in the 1-1 away draw in Romania, the former Under-21 coach then saw his side thrashed 5-1 at home to Norway – hardly ideal preparation for such a crucial game.
In fact, things were not all rosy towards the end under O’Neill, whose tenure ended in a 6-1 defeat in Germany and just one win in the final five matches.
Bosnia vs Northern Ireland Tips and Predictions
All things considered, those 10/11 (1.91) odds look like the sensible option on Bosnia proving too strong for a faltering Northern Ireland on home turf.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.