Bosnia and Hercegovina welcome the visitors Armenia in the Euro Qualification – Round 1. The match will be held on Saturday, March, 23rd, at the Stadion Grbavica (Sarajevo).
Over their short history, the Bosnia and Hercegovina national team have grown into a rather hard nut to crack in Europe. They drawed against Ireland, Greece, Austria, Turkey, and Denmark; they won Cyprus, Northern Ireland, and Switzerland; and they conceded by a minimum margin to Spain (last fixture). The side have already competed in the 2012 World Cup.
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The visitors Armenia will take time to qualify to the World Cup. The team learn to play, and they do progress, boasting a star Mkhitaryan who fights for Arsenal. The problem is that there is only one top player there, and one man does not make a team, even if it is Messi (does the latter standout in the Argentine squad? In Barcelona he does, which is not true of the national team). Armenia are undefeated in three latest clashes, but they faced North Macedonia, Gibraltar (both wins), and Lichtenstein (draw) – the hosts on the day are much stronger than any of these sides.
Some Bosnians compete in the Italian league, playing for solid teams: Zukanovic comes from Genoa, Dzeko from Roma, Pjanic from Juventus; others fight for branded European clubs: Sunjic for Dynamo Moscow, Vranjes for Anderlecht, Visca for the Turkish leaders Istanbul, Krunic for Empoli. Armenia do not feature so many international players who compete in such clubs. There are no top performers but for the captain Mkhitaryan. There are some foreign players, but they fight for Chaves, Willem II, and Hobro IK. Unsophisticated fans might not know about these clubs, even though they are based in Denmark, Netherlands, and Portugal. Therefore, the guests’ qualification is much lower.
Bosnia and Hercegovina will most likely win Armenia at home, as they did in two previous head-to-heads. Despite all their achievements, the welcoming side are far from being labelled toppers, however, they regularly overcome weaker rivals (as we see by Armenia’s squad and the clubs the players compete for, the visitors underclass them). That said, the hosts play rationally and not effectively. Only one of their thirteen fixtures produced over 3.5 goals, yet it was a friendly against South Korea. The coming match is an official qualifier, and the Bosnians need to attain points there. They will do so, but no much entertainment will be provided.
Prediction for the match: Bosnia and Hercegovina to win & Under 3.5 goals.