Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina – another efficient match at the World Cup

World Cup 2014
Group F
Saturday, June 21, 2014 at 23:00 GMT (18:00 Local time)
Arena Pantanal, Cuiabá

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Although Nigeria has one point from the first match, they are in a more difficult position than Bosnia and Herzegovina, because they will have a more serious rival in the third round. That is why Nigeria will have to play to win because a draw is better for their rival which will play against the weakest team in Group F, Iran, in the final round.

Before the start of the World Cup all in Nigeria have already registered three points against Iran, but they have not shown expected superiority in the field. Contrary to the expectations of Nigeria was not offensive-oriented in that game, while Iran was playing the way they knew, with a solid defense, so they still had more shots on goal. However, everything is not lost and victory against Bosnia and Herzegovina could be a guarantee of passing into the next round. It will not be an easy task because the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina is much more dangerous opponent than Iran, and in addition injury problems have multiplied since the central defender Oboabona has suffered a serious injury against Iran, so most likely veteran Yobo will play instead him.

Probable line-up of Nigeria (4-2-3-1): Enyeama – Omeruo, Ambrose, Yobo, Oshaniwa – Mikel, Onazi – Odemwingie, Musa, Moses – Emenike

Bosnia and Herzegovina was very convincing in the World Cup qualifiers and their excellent performance against Argentina was not a surprise. They had the initiative in most part of the match by putting pressure on the defense of Argentina, and with a little more luck they even could have taken a point in that game. It has certainly boosted their self-confidence, so they expect the match against Nigeria with ambition to win all three points, especially considering the bad edition of Nigerians in the first round. Due to the draw of Nigeria and Iran, Bosnia and Herzegovina will be less burdened in this game because even one point may be enough to qualify for the next round, since Nigeria will play against Argentina in the third round. I do not believe that coach Susic will opt for an offensive line-up, precisely because of the fact that greater the pressure will be on the players of Nigeria, so his team will start the game with only one attacker.

Probable line-up of Bosnia and Herzegovina (4-2-3-1): Begovic – Mujdza, Spahic, Kolasinac, Spahic – Besic, Pjanic – Hajrovic, Misimovic, Lulic – Dzeko

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Nigeria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Match Prediction

Although we watched somewhat defensive performance of Nigeria in the first round, this game is their last chance, so I expect that they will score at least one goal. Bosnia and Herzegovina was one of the most efficient team in the qualifying, so I think we will see at least three goals in this game as well. Over 2.5 Goals.

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