Bosnia and Herzegovina and Nigeria were each unable to secure three valuable competition points in their respective 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign-openers earlier this week, and will therefore each require a positive result from their Group F clash at 8am AEST on Sunday morning.
For Nigeria, securing victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina would mean big things for their chances of progression to the knock-out stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Having drawn 0-0 with Iran in their campaign opener, a win over Bosnia would mean the European outfit are almost certainties to return home early, while Iran will need to defeat either Argentina or Bosnia and secure a greater goal difference to claim progression in Nigeria’s place.
Widely expected to claim the second progression spot behind likely Pool champions Argentina prior to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Bosnia and Herzegovina is currently available at odds of $1.83 in head-to-head betting markets to do away with Nigeria on Sunday morning, while the Super Eagles can be taken at particularly generous odds of $4 to all but end the Europeans World Cup dreams at Ladbrokes.com.au.
While not necessarily offering punters exceptional value at winning odds, those who believe Bosnia are specials to beat Nigeria in their 2014 World Cup fixture may find value in adding the side as a fold in a multi-bet, along with the favourites in the other two matches on day 10 of the FIFA World Cup. Currently a multi-bet of Argentina to beat Iran, Germany to beat Ghana and a Bosnian victory can be taken at generous $2.90 odds.
Unable to find the back of the net in a particularly well-contested stale mate with Iran earlier in the week, Nigeria were offered several good chances to break the deadlock and have suffered in betting markets to secure first goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina as a result; currently available at generous odds of $2.60 to break Begovic’s line first, while on the other side of the card, bookies are expecting a far more fruitful day for gun striker Edin Dzeko; registering his Bosnian side at $1.67 to score first and the Manchester City marksman at $4.50 to be the one to open their account.
With each side known for exhibiting a far-greater offence than defensive line, placing a bet on a high scoring affair is well and truly worth consideration. Boasting high-level European experience at club level, both Nigeria and Bosnia will be aiming to hold the pressure on their opponents’ 18-yard box and are likely to take the shot wherever possible. A Bosnia and Herzegovina victory appears likely, and a result of 3-2 in their favour is currently offered at exceptional odds of $26 at Ladbrokes.com.au.
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