World Cup Betting: Bosnia to Capitalize on Great Draw

Richard O'Hagan

Friday, March 28, 2014 6:09 PM GMT

Bosnia-Herzegovina had the luck of the draw when it came to the group selection. It's very possible for them to move into the elimination round in their World Cup debut.

 

The Bosnians are the only side making their debut at this stage of the competition and, being also one of the newer members of FIFA, have very little back history for the discerning punter to judge them by. That makes them an interesting proposition for a number of reasons, not least because of the possibility that any market featuring them will be unjustifiably skewed against them.

The draw has been kind to them, too. Group F contains Argentina, admittedly, but also Iran and Nigeria, both of whom should finish second best to Safet Susic’s men. They are currently 2.0 with Coral not to make it out of the group stage, but this seems ungenerous to a team who won 8 of their 10 qualifying games to qualify directly for Brazil 2014. Indeed, with the second round promising a tie against a team from the comparatively weak Group E, it is not unrealistic to see them making the quarter finals in their debut tournament, at which point elimination would net you 11.0 from BetVictor.

Goalscoring was no problem for this team in qualifying, with their 30 goals the fourth highest among European teams. Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko leads the line and is 2.62 with BetVictor to be the stop goalscorer. Don’t discount his strike partner Vedad Ibisevic, though. He’s 4.5 in that market and the only real reason for that can be that he is less well known.

A good bet on this team will be the exact number of points that they score in this group. Beating Argentina is probably beyond them, but it is easy to see them finishing with six points, which will bring you 5.0 from BetVictor. If you want to hedge that slightly, go for four points as well (on the basis that they might draw with the Nigerians), on offer at 3.75 with 888.com.