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Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina

Published on: 11/10/2015

Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Cyprus vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina

October 13, 2015 19:45pm – GSP

Euro 2016 – Group B

Bosnia and Herzegovina will be aiming to seal their place in the Group B play-offs when they make the trip to Cyprus on Tuesday night.

Three-way play-off hunt in Group B

Bosnia and Herzegovina`s fate is still in their own hands as a win in Cyprus would guarantee their place in the play-offs. Meanwhile, their opponents can also snatch third place with a win providing that fourth-ranked Israel lose in Belgium.

If the away side do not win, then both sides could miss out to Israel who need to win their final Group B game to stand any chance of claiming third place.

Mehmed Baždarević`s men put themselves in pole position for qualification by subjecting Wales to their first defeat of the campaign on Saturday night. With Israel losing at home to Cyprus, the Bosnians were elevated to third in the table and became favourites to make the play-offs. However, they have not been great on the road in Group B with their only win coming away to bottom-placed Andorra.

Cyprus need home improvement

The home side will be hopeful of getting a result having beaten their opponents 2-1 in their own back yard in their first group meeting back in September 2014. However, the Cypriots have not been great at home, having lost three of their four qualifying matches in Nicosia. In fact, their only win in their last eight competitive matches on home soil came against lowly Andorra.

Cyprus have been inconsistent throughout the group stages with a record of four wins, five losses and zero draws in their nine games so far. They have on overall goal difference of zero, having scored and conceded and equal tally of 14 goals. They must win this game to stand any chance of competing in France next summer.

The first group meeting between the sides back in 2014 was the first time that the teams had ever clashed at senior competitive level.

Team news

The visitors will be without Besic Muhamed who picked up a red card in game week eight and is serving the second instalment of a two-game ban.

Recent form (Euro Qualifying)

Cyprus: WLLWL

Bosnia and Herzegovina: WWLWW

Betting odds and tips

Cyprus are poor at home but Bosnia-Herzegovina have not been great on the road. With both teams going for the win, something has to give in this game and the away team should have the quality to prevail. You can back Bosnia and Herzegovina at a best price of 19/20 with Bet365.

Edin Dzeko was an unused substitute against Wales but could return to the starting line-up for this game. He can be backed to score any time at 13/10 with Bet365.

Published on: 11/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (11/10/2015 13:18:03) but are subject to change.