Tuesday, June 09, 2009




This game is taking place in Cannes, France . Bosnia have played two warm up games this month, so should be fully tuned up for today and will name their strongest available squad, although several players are missing through injury. This is a very ambitious group, who are hopeful of qualifying for the finals of a major tournament for the first time in their history and are treating this seriously as a build cup for the World Cup games later in the year. They pose a terrific offensive threat and have scored 18 goals in their last five WC qualification games, including four in Belgium and seven at home to Estonia. They should win today against an Oman team that do well in familiar surroundings, but who struggle outside of their region. I am torn between backing B&H, who are rated 50 places higher in FIFA's world rankings, or taking the "over".

After a lot of deliberation, I have decided on the later. The favourites struggle to keep a clean sheet at the best of times and being without keeper Hasgic and key defender Nadarevic is hardly going to help in this regard. A few goals, plenty of entertainment for the locals, a win for Bosnia and everyone will leave reasonably happy.

5.5 points "over" 2.75 goals asian line.... currently 2.14.

Good Luck.

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