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Sep 08, 2018, 04:25 AM Last Edit: Sep 09, 2018, 01:10 AM by Harry85
Uefa Nations League B Group 3
Northern Ireland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
22:00pm (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Windsor Park

Northern Ireland:
Last five matches form: L D W D L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.90
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.90
Top Scorer: Kyle Lafferty (20)

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Last five matches form: L W D D W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.50
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.00
Top Scorer: Edin D┼żeko (52)

Northern Ireland and Bosnia and Herzegovina meet for the first time this weekend as the sides face off in this Uefa Nations League clash at Windsor Park.

It is the home side who are ranked higher in the Fifa standings here, being rated 27th as opposed to 39th for their visitors.

Rarely the most prolific of sides, Northern Irelands struggles in front of goal have been particularly pronounced of late. Michael O'Neill's men failing to score in five of their most recent outings.

With Bosnia also failing to score in four of their six most recent games, this doesn't exactly look to have the makings of a thriller.

In a game likely to feature few chances, the side best equipped to make the most of the opportunities which do fall their way may well hold the decisive advantage here. As such we just favour Bosnia and Herzegovina to come out on top. Front man Edin Dzeko will undoubtedly be the most talented forward on the pitch for either side, is showing no sign of decline at the age of 32 and has begun the season in food form for Roma.  With Miralem Pjanic pulling the strings in the centre of the park we see a narrow away win here.

Prediction: Northern Ireland 0 - 1 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Harry85

Half time: 0 - 1
Full time: 1 - 2
Shots:  15 - 3
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 18 - 1
Possession: 64% - 36%
Four bookings at Windsor Park, all for the away side. Eldar Civic, Miralem Pjanic, Edin Dzeko and Ibrahim being the men to have their names taken by referee Pavel Kravolec.

Having close to two thirds of the ball, dominating the shot count and racking up no fewer than 18 corners, from a stats perspective it certainly seems a little odd that Northern Ireland managed to lose this one. But lose it they did.

The opener came after 36 minutes and it was Bosnia and Herzegovina who scored it, totally against the run of play. Poor defending from Northern Ireland all the same though. No challenge whatsoever on Edin Dzeko as he strolled to the left of the eighteen yard box before picking out Haris Duljevic with a low cross to the near post. Duljevic likewise untouched as he slotted in from close range. 0-1 at half time.

Bosnia doubled their advantage in the 64th minute. If the home sides defending had been poor for the opener, it was nothing short of calamitous for the second. A harmless ball forward being headed back to the keeper by Craig Cathcart. It wasn't the best of headers, but Bailey Peacock-Farrell still looked to be favourite only to bizarrely not even attempt to use his hands, allowing Elivis Saric to touch the ball past him and finish into an empty net.

The home side did get a goal back, but it was all too little too late. Will Grigg sweeping home when the ball was headed back into the six yard box following a corner kick. That came in the 93rd minute though and there was no way back as Bosnia and Herzegovina picked up the win.





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