BHZ vs ITA Dream11: Bosnia & Herzegovina face Italy in a crunch Euro2020 qualifier match at Bilino Poje Stadium. It’s a do-or-die game for the hosts as even a draw will end all their hopes of qualifying for the next summer’s football showpiece event.
As things stand, Bosnia are 4th in Group J, having accumulated 10 points from the first 8 games. Italy are already through to Euro finals, while Finland are 2nd with 15 points and needs only two points from their next two games to guarantee a spot in Euro 2020. It’s just not looking good for Bosnia but football is a strange game indeed. Finland could lose their final two games, and Bosnia must be ready to pounce in that situation.
Italy, meanwhile, have already qualified for the Euro 2020 as the group winner. They have won all the 8 games in the campaign so far, and boast an unbridgeable 9 points gap at the top of the group with 24 points.
While on current form Italy look favorite in this match but Bosnia can take confidence from the fact that Roberto Mancini has named an experimental squad for the next two games, as he searches for more options. That’s why the hosts have the opportunity to keep their faint hopes alive.
This will only be the 2nd ever meeting between Italy and Bosnia & Herzegovina. The only encounter was a reverse fixture in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with Italy winning that match 2-1 ; (Insigne 49′, Verratti 86′ Dzeko 32′)
Host: Bosnia & Herzegovina
Competition: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Match Timing: November 15, @ 01:15 AM
Match Venue: Bilino Polje Stadium
Edi Dzeko: The former Manchester City star could cause some problems to this Italian side which will line-up without Giorgio Chiellini at the back.
Miralem Pjanic: Juventus’ underrated superstar is a magician in the midfield, who just loves to do everything. A jack of all trades, the master of his traits, a player who can affect the game without moving closer to the final 3rd.
Jorginho: The master of one-touch football, he has been in top form for Chelsea all season. The former Napoli star has goals in him as well. Expect him to have a good game here.
Lorenzo Insigne: Napoli’s captain is hard to contain. So versatile that he can operate as a forward in the false nine, and can also play as a winger. A pocket dynamo!
El Shaarawy: Back in the limelight for the first time since making a surprise move to China. For money? But this is his chance now to impress the manager.
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Centre-back Toni Sunjic is absent from the squad due to a knee injury.
Since Bosnia and Herzegovina have to win this game, head coach Robert Prosinecki hinted in the press conference that he could go with two forwards in this game. Edin Dzeko will certainly start, while Edin Visca could get the nod beside him in the attack.
Bosnia squad to face Italy and Liechtenstein:
Goalkeepers: Kenan Piric, Jasmin Buric, Ibrahim Sehic
Defenders: Sead Kolasinac, Adnan Kovacevic, Zoran Kvrzic, Ermin Bicakcic, Eldar Civic, Marko Mihojevic
Midfielders: Mato Jajalo, Muhamed Besic, Gojko Cimirot, Miralem Pjanic, Elvis Saric, Rade Krunic, Amer Gojak, Haris Duljevic, Haris Hajradinovic
Forwards: Edin Dzeko, Edin Visca, Izet Hajrovic, Luka Menalo, Armin Hodzic, Dino Hotic
Italy team news:
Paris Saint-Germain star Marco Verratti withdrew from the squad due to injury, with Domenico Berardi and Leonardo Spinazzola following the same route.
Brescia striker Mario Balotelli has been overlooked for the upcoming games, while Everton’s Moise Keane and Inter Milan midfielder Stefano Sensi also miss.
Roberto Mancini has added the uncapped trio Andrea Cistana, Gaetano Castrovilli and Riccardo Orsolini, while Federico Chiesa, Alessandro Florenzi, and Emerson Palmieri are also in the squad.
Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Donnarumma, Pierluigi Gollini, Alex Meret, Salvatore Sirigu
Defenders: Francesco Acerbi, Cristiano Biraghi, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Cistana, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Emerson Palmieri, Alessandro Florenzi, Armando Izzo, Gianluca Mancini, Alessio Romagnoli, Leonardo Spinazzola
Midfielders: Nicolo Barella, Gaetano Castrovilli, Jorginho, Rolando Mandragora, Marco Verratti, Nicolo Zaniolo
Forwards: Andrea Belotti, Domenico Berardi, Federico Bernardeschi, Federico Chiesa, Stephan El Shaarawy, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Riccardo Orsolini
Bosnia & Herzegovina: Šehić (GK), Kvržić, Kovačević, Bičakčić, Kolasinać, Cimirot, Pjanić, Sarić, Hajrović, Džeko, Gojak
Italy: Donnarumma (GK), Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Acerbi, Biraghi, Zaniolo, Jorginho, Barella, Chiesa, Insigne, Belotti
Bosnia have won just three times in the last 10 games, but they are unbeaten in seven home games. Italy’s experimental squad means we can see the home team to at least avoid a defeat un this game.