Greece v Bosnia – EURO 2020 Betting Preview and Prediction
With only three more fixtures remaining in group J, the pressure is mounting for Finland, Armenia and Bosnia who are all serious contenders to claim the second seed and join Italy on their venture into EURO 2020. With only two points separating Bosnia from second-placed Finland, the Golden Lillies will arrive in Greece for the round eight fixture motivated to win as they can’t afford to walk away from Stadium of Athens “Spiros Louis” with anything less than three points.
Greece struggles continue
Once a force to be reckoned with on the European soil, the 2004 European champions failed to step up for their country this year, as the 2019 version of Greece national football teams looks to be only a shadow of their former selves. As it stands now, Greece holds onto a dismissal 1-2-4 record in group J, where they started off strong, but soon found themselves struggling. A 0:2 win against Lichtenstein in round one kicked off Greece’s EURO qualifiers on the right foot, but the results that followed were anything but promising. A 2:2 draw against Bosnia, 0:3 defeat at the hands of Italy, 2:3 defeat against Armenia, 1:0 defeat against Finland, a disastrous 1:1 draw with Lichtenstein on home soil, and 2:0 defeat against Italy on Saturday pushed Greece to the fifth spot in group J where they reside without a chance to push for a top-two finish.
Putting two and two together, it’s hard to expect too much from Greece this Tuesday. While they did manage to take a draw against Bosnia in their meeting in March, it’s worth noting Bosnia were reduced to 10 men in 65 minute, giving Greece the needed advantage to score a goal and claim a point. It’s also worth noting Greece played well against Italy, however, still not well enough to make us believe they can produce anything remarkable here.
Bosnia have a chance to qualify
Bosnia & Herzegovina’s chances to qualify looked very slim before last round, however, a dominant 4:1 win over Finland lit up the flame of hope for the Dragons, who will now look to capitalize on the momentum and make another step towards claiming the top two seed.
Looking back at how Bosnia played so far, they started the EURO 2020 qualifiers with a 2:1 win against Armenia and drew against Greece (2:2) in game two, where, as mentioned they were reduced to 10 men and dropped the ball. Following two decent results, Bosnia lost two in a row, against Finland (2:0) and Italy (2:1). While we saw Prosinecki’s men bouncing back with a dominant 5:0 win against Lichtenstein at the start of September, they went on to suffer a painful 4:2 defeat against Armenia in round six, which put their chances to finishing top two in jeopardy. But the fiery “Dragons” refused to give up and crushed Finland on Saturday (4:1) which not only returned them into the race for the EURO 2020 ticket but also gave Prosinecki and his men a huge morale boost, which should help their wheels spinning in the remaining three fixtures of the qualifiers.
Verdict & Prediction
Following their meeting with Greece, Bosnia will have Italy and Lichtenstein on the menu, meaning that winning on Tuesday is a must if they are serious about advancing into the main event. With a ticket for EURO 2020 at arm’s reach, this is a do-or-die position for Bosnia and if they can come into this fixture with the same fight as they have shown against Finland, Bosnia should have a fairly easy time defeating Greece in front of their own fans.
Prediction: Bosnia to win
Odds: 2.32 Matchbook