While neither likely to qualify for the round of 16 at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Thursday morning’s Group F fixture between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran is shaping as a particularly hard-fought contest and offers football fans particularly good value from a betting point of view.
Dropping their 2014 FIFA World Cup campaign opener to likely Group champions Argentina, Bosnia’s early ticket home was secured last week when unable to peg back a goal and going down 1-0 with Nigeria most recently. While only playing for pride, Bosnia will be aiming to salvage their pride and will come out all guns blazing tomorrow morning.
Still offered a slight chance of progression, Iran need to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina by a margin of two goals, or hope Argentina puts several passed Nigeria in order to claim the second progression position in Group F. Yet to break through for a victory at the 2014 World Cup, the Iranians were unlucky to finish their match with Nigeria with a draw, having peppered the African nation’s goal for the final 25 minutes. A dark horse contender, Iran boasts a well- trialled attacking line are more than capable of converting even the most difficult of chances.
While figuring below their middle-eastern counterparts on the Group F ladder, Bosnia and Herzegovina are currently offered as clear $2.10 favourites at Ladbrokes.com.au to claim victory tomorrow morning, while Iran can be taken at a generous quote of $3.50 in head-to-head betting markets.
Scoring the first goal in his side’s 1-0 loss to Nigeria before being incorrectly ruled offside, Edin Dzeko is the obvious choice to break the deadlock against Iran, and is more than worth consideration at a quote of $4.50 to do so. Scoring for run in the closing stages of club side Manchester City’s successful Premier League season, Dzeko is yet to have a World Cup goal stand and will do everything in his power to get on the scoresheet against Iran.
Pushing Argentina to the limit in their thrilling 1-0 loss last week, Iran are yet to score at the 2014 World Cup, but are arguably offered their best chance to do so against a less-heralded Bosnian defence. Often playing just one striker, punters might consider placing a first goal scorer wager on Charlton Athletic marksman Reza Ghoochannejhad at $8 odds, or $3.25 to beat Begovic at any point tomorrow morning.
Needing a result to have a chance of progression, punters who believe Iran can get the job done can obviously take advantage of $3.50 for the victory, however covering all bases by placing a bet on the Double Chance market of an Iranian win or draw at $1.73 is a smart play.
Boasting an impressive strike force of Dzeko and Ibisevic, the latter of whom scored against Nigeria early last week, Bosnia will be looking to pile on the goals, similarly to Iran who will need to score many to qualify. Placing a wager on a high scoring affair may therefore be worth consideration, with a 3-2 Bosnian victory a great option at $26 or the same scores and teams reversed for $34.
Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iran are due to take to the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador at 2am AEST on Thursday.
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