Bosnia-Herzegovina welcomes Italy
Bosnia-Herzegovina welcomes Italy in Zenica in a match from Group J of the European qualifiers on Friday. Can the Balkan team trouble the four time world champions? Let’s see.
For the Italian side this game is only a practice, because the Azzurri already won the group. They are currently 9 points ahead of the second Finland and they are untouchable at top.
Compared to the previous qualifying campaign, when Italy failed to reach the World Cup in Russia, the team’s new manager Roberto Mancini is doing a terrific job so far. In 8 games played so far, Italy have won all of them. They have scored 25 goals, conceding just 3. That’s quite impressive.
In the previous round Italy enjoyed their 8th consecutive win in the group. The Azzurri visited Liechtenstein in Vaduz and crushed their opponent with 5-0. Torino’s target man Andrea Belotti scored a brace, while Filippo Bernadeschi, Alessio Romagnoli and Stephan El Shaarawy also put the ball behind the goalkeeper Benjamin Buchel.
After failing to qualify for the World Cup, Italy really needed a performance like this during the qualifying campaign for Euro 2020. If they manage to finish the group with 10 wins from 10 matches played, this would be a serious statement from them. After the game in Bosnia, Italy will host Armenia in their last match.
Bosnia-Herzegovina are currently 4th in the group with 10 points, being on par with the third Armenia. This means that Bosnia still have chances to overtake the Armenians at the third place, but they will need points in order to do this.
Bosnia-Herzegovina remain a team with fantastic talent in the squad. We all know what players like Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Sead Kolasinac can do.
That’s the preview we made for the Euro 2020 qualifier between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Italy on Friday. This game is more important for the hosts, but if Italy enter the pitch with high motivation, it’s going to be difficult for the hosts.