Sports Mole presents Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier between Bosnia and Herzegovina and France, including predictions, team news and possible line-ups.
Bosnia and herzegovina lead an uphill battle to end a 10-game winless race when they host the reigning world champions France in Sarajevo for their second World Cup qualifying match in Group D.
The hosts’ inaugural qualifying match saw them play a 2-2 draw against Finland, while France beat Kazakhstan 2-0 to claim their first three points in Group D last time around.
In his 99th appearance for the national team, Bosnia Miralem Pjanic missed a penalty before hitting home the rebound after 55 minutes against Finland, but the Nordic nation quickly overturned the game as Teemu PukkiThe double looks set to doom Bosnia to their fifth straight defeat last Wednesday.
however, Miroslav Stevanovic assured his side would walk away with a share of the booty as they equalized with 84 minutes on the clock, but Bosnia’s 2022 qualifying campaign for Qatar nonetheless got off to a disappointing start as their winless streak continued.
Slaven MusaThe squad’s squad were then given a night off from Group D as they faced Costa Rica in a friendly on Saturday, but a scoreless standoff with the Central American nation saw their run fruitless. expand to 10 matches since a 3-0 win over Liechtenstein. in 2019 – losing six and shooting four since.
Amidst their tumultuous season with top scorer and most capped player Roma Edin Dzeko hasn’t been able to inspire Bosnia’s attacking line – which has only found the back of the net three times in its last seven matches – despite the 35-year-old missing all three of them in November after contracting coronavirus.
Dzeko finding their shooting boots would be a good start for Bosnia in their attempts to finally register a long-awaited victory, but they are already one step behind their rivals in the race for a top-two spot in Grop D and are expected to fall. further off pace when World Cup holders visit the capital this week.
At a time when Barcelona are reportedly trying to tie him to a new contract, Ousmane Dembele showed his abilities against Kazakhstan with the opening goal in a 2-0 win for the world champions on Sunday afternoon.
The 23-year-old struck home in the 19th minute before an unfortunate goal against his side of Sergey Maliy aggravated Kazakhstan’s misery at home, though the 39-year-old goalkeeper Aleksandr Mokin had a moment to remember as it produced a great save to deny Kylian Mbappe from the penalty spot.
However, Mbappe’s lack of 12 meters proved to be of no consequence on the day that Didier DeschampsThe team started their route to Qatar on the second attempt, and their victory in Kazakhstan propelled them to the top of the table against Finland, who also failed to gain the upper hand over Ukraine this weekend. .
Les Bleus face another tough assignment this week, but they’ve lost just one of their last 17 games in all competitions – winning 13 of them – and their triumph at Astana Arena was a seventh. Away victory at the trot for France, who also dispatched a single objective to territory unknown at that time.
Moreover, Bosnia have failed to beat France in their four matches against them since 2004 – with two draws and two losses against Les Bleus – and the visitors’ last visit to the Balkan nation has Karim Benzema and Florent Malouda scored in a 2-0 triumph in 2010.
Qualifications for the Bosnia and Herzegovina World Cup – Form Europe:
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Pjanic will make history this week as the second player to reach 100 caps for his country – only behind Dzeko – and both will be part of a series of changes the hosts are expected to make for this difficult game.
However, the director Ivaylo Petev will miss the game after returning a positive coronavirus test, so former Under-19 boss Musa is set to continue on the sideline for now.
Ermedin Demirovic is back in Freiburg and will not play any part in this game, but the likes of Amer Gojak, Rade Krunic, Gojko Cimirot and Eldar Civic should all go back to the first XI.
One of the aspects that held back France’s victory this weekend was Anthony MartialManchester United’s injury, as the Manchester United man appeared to shake his knee after catching his cleats in the artificial turf, so he’s unlikely to make the starting lineup again.
Mbappe and Olivier Giroud Both should earn callbacks to the squad this week, but Paul pogba may not be ready for another start so soon after lasting an hour at the Astana Arena, so Adrien rabiot is in line with the partnership Tanguy Ndombele in the middle after N’Golo Kante withdrew due to injury.
Complete four-back reshuffle could lead to Deschamps recall Benjamin Pavard, Raphael varane, Presnel Kimpembe and Lucas Hernandez placeholder image, as Leo Dubois, Clement Lenglet, Kurt Zouma and Lucas Digne make way.
Possible starting composition for Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Sehic; Todorovic, Sanicanin, Hadzikadunic, Civic; Pjanic, Cimirot; Stevanovic; Gojak, Krunic; Dzeko
Possible starting composition for France:
Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Ndombele, Rabiot; Coman, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud
We say: Bosnia-Herzegovina 0-2 France
Bosnia just can’t hack him at home or away at the moment, but France have a remarkable record on their travels and will be considering another positive result in Group D this week. The injuries inflicted on Martial and Kante should not affect the Blues’ ability to cross the finish line in the Bosnian capital, so we can only predict a routine victory for the reigning world champions to consolidate their position at the top. of the group.