Bosnia-Herzegovina – Slovakia 06.09.2013
Bosnia and Herzegovina are on the first placed in the group G, with 16 points from 6 matches.
They almost have a perfect record, with only one draw as shared the points with Greece away. Exactly Greece are on the second position in the group with 13 points. Bosnia have scored 23 goals which is an average of almost 4 goals per game. Edin Dzeko (8 goals), Vedat Ibisevic (6 goals), Zvijezdan Misimovic (4 goals) and Miralem Pjanic (3 goals) are deserved for these effectiveness. They will all be in the national team against Slovakia. This match is very important for Bosnia to keep the first position which leads directly to World Cup in Brazil.
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Slovakia are the third placed team in the group with 9 points. They are currently on the 63rd position in FIFA ranking, while Bosnia are on 14th position. The results that achieved Slovakia are not so convincing. They have only two victories against poor national teams like Latvia and Liechtenstein.
The bad results were the key reason why Stanislav Griga and Michal Hipp have been sacked. From July 2013 the Slovakian team are leading by new manager – Jan Kozak. He has two titles with Kosice and the Slovakians expect the better result from the national team. Slovakia have some extra players, like the midfielder Marek Hamsik from Napoli and defender Martin Skrtel from Liverpool.
Bosnia and Slovakia have already played one friendly mutual match. It was on 17.11.2010 and Bosnia won 3:2. I expect another efficient match at Stadion Bilino Polje in Zenica. The hosts need victory to secure the top of the group. They have a powerful attack leaded by Manchester City star Edin Dzeko. Slovakia, meanwhile, have nothing to calculate for. Hamsik is in excellent form, he scored four goals in two games for Napoli. I expect at least three goals here.