Italy have already sealed their qualification to next summer’s European Championships finals and have guaranteed top spot in the group. However, if they are to maintain their 100% record they must negotiate a tricky trip to Bosnia.
Where and when: Stadion Bilino Polje, Zenica – 15 November, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Italy: William Hill, Sky Sports
Last time: Italy came from a goal down to edge out Bosnia 2-1 in Turin back in June. Prior to this group, the only meeting was a friendly match in November 1996 – which Bosnia triumphed 2-1.
|Our Eurotips||Odds||Free bets||Bookie|
|Andrea Belotti anytime scorer||29/20||Offer|
|Over 3.5 goals||2/1||Offer|
|Edin Dzeko anytime scorer||9/5||Offer|
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Italy Predictions and Preview
Italy have won all eight of their qualification matches to date – meaning that they have secured qualification and topped the group, with two matches remaining.
The Azzurri have enjoyed a true return to form under boss Roberto Mancini and will be hoping to carry on their momentum for this tricky trip.
Bosnia will need a minor miracle to qualify automatically from the group – they trail second-placed Finland by five points with just two games remaining.
Robert Prosinecki’s side have 10 points from their eight games and are tied on points with Armenia, in third, with Greece two points further back.
The visitors are favourites for this encounter at odds of 5/4 with a Bosnia victory priced at 2/1 and the draw available at 5/2.
31 goals have flown in across Bosnia’s eight qualification games to date while for Italy that number is 28, so over 3.5 goals at 2/1 appears to be a solid bet with under 2.5 at 31/40.
A ‘double chance’ on Bosnia to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 13/20 while a Italy win/draw outcome is at 7/20.
If you fancy the away side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 9/4.
One to watch for Bosnia-Herzegovina: Edin Dzeko has five goals in his last nine international appearances, including against Italy in Turin this year. Is at a tempting 9/5 to net in this one.
One to watch for Italy: Andrea Bellotti has scored 16 goals in his last 22 games in all competitions and will be hopeful of adding to his six goals for Italy in this clash and is priced at 29/20 to score here.
Long shot: Italy have conceded just three goals in their eight qualification matches to date while Bosnia have eight clean sheets from their last 12 home games. A scoreless draw is at 11/1.