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Euro 2016 Play-off: Bosnia vs Republic of Ireland preview

Kick off: 13 November @20:45 CET

Venue: Bilino Polje (Zenica)

Head to head record

Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia-Herzegovina 1-0 (2012 International friendly)

Bosnia

Last 5 matches

Cyprus vs Bosnia-Herzegovina 2-3 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Wales 2-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Andorra 3-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Belgium vs Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Israel 3-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Empoli winger Rade Krunic had earned his first ever call-up to the senior national team, with Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic (22/0) back to the side, although suspended for the first leg against Ireland.

Uncapped Rade Krunic and Marin Anicic have since been dropped from the squad, with Qabala forward Ermin Zec (10/1) pulling out due to a back injury.

There have been no fresh selection worries for coach Mehmed Bazdarevic, meaning that the hosts will again be heavily relying on the star trio of Edin Dzeko, Miralem Pjanic and Senad Lulic.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Begovic – Mujdza, Sunjic, Spahic, Zukanovic – Medunjanin, O. Vranjes – Visca, Pjanic, Lulic – Dzeko.

Republic of Ireland

Last 5 matches

Poland vs Republic of Ireland 2-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Republic of Ireland vs Germany 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Republic of Ireland vs Georgia 1-0 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland 0-4 (Euro 2016 qualifier)
Republic of Ireland vs Scotland 1-1 (Euro 2016 qualifier)

Team News

Republic of Ireland coach Martin O’Neill has experienced all sorts of problems ahead of the crucial matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina, with Shay Given and David McGoldrick dropped from the provisional squad due to injury.

Sunderland defender John O’Shea is suspended for the first leg, but could miss the return match through a hamstring problem, with Shane Long and Rob Elliot also expected to be unavailable for Friday’s game.

With Jonathan Walters also banned, Daryl Murphy is expected to start up front, whereas Paul McShane and Alan Judge are rated doubtful for the high-profile clash.

Update (12.11.): David Meyler out of both games as he suffers knee ligament injury in training.

Probable starting line-up (4-2-3-1): Randolph – Coleman, Keogh, Wilson, Brady – McCarthy, Whelan – Hendrick, Hoolahan, McClean – D. Murphy.

IST Facts

-Republic of Ireland recorded a 1-0 win in the only meeting between the two sides up to date

-Bosnia-Herzegovina have won five of last six Euro 2016 qualifiers

-Bosnia-Herzegovina won last three home matches by a margin of 2 goals or more

-Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko has 7 goals in 7 Euro 2016 qualifiers

-Republic of Ireland scored in five of last six away matches on all fronts

-One team have failed to score in three of Ireland’s last four games

-Three different goalkeepers have represented Ireland in the Euro 2016 qualifiers

Match Specials

*Ireland, England & Belgium to win is 50/1 (new customers only)

*Bosnia to win is 8/1 special price (new customers only)

*Dzeko to score & Bosnia to win is 3/1

*Bosnia to win & both teams to score is 9/2

*Keane to score & Rep of Ireland to win is 7/1

*Rep of Ireland to win & both teams to score is 9/1

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