Bosnia vs Romania

March 25, 2011
By: John Hansen

Bosnia aim to return to winning ways after picking up just one point from their last two qualifiers and they are hoping traditionally hot atmosphere at their Zenica will help them record invaluable win. Romania, on the other hand, continue to underperform and they face a difficult task in Bosnia.

Bosnia improving

Bosnian national team have been on the constant uptrend in the last decade, but they were very unlucky not to qualify for one of the big tournaments. The Bosnians played really well in he World Cup qualifiers but were eventually eliminated from Portugal in the play-offs and again missed out on the final tournament. After legendary coach Ciro Blazevic left the post, Safet Susic took over and he is determined to lead the national side to Euro 2012. Following the opening victory over Luxembourg, Bosnia lost at home to France before bringing one point from Albania and they now have to win this game in order to return to contention for the top two places. The good news is that key players Spahic, Pjanic, Misimovic and Dzeko are all fit to play and they are expected to pull the biggest weight against solid Romania side. The hosts will have a big support from the stands as the home fans always create a magnificent atmosphere in Zenica, so Romania will be under constant pressure.

Keeper Hasagic and Miralem Pjanic will be fit to play despite picking up minor knocks, meaning Safet Susic will have full squad to choose from.

Adrian Mutu returns

Romania have been one of the most disappointing teams over the last few years as they quickly went from being one of Europe’s top teams to becoming serious underachievers. Romania had major problems in the World Cup qualifiers and they didn’t even come close to reaching the final tournament, while the current qualifying campaign seems pretty much the same as the last. After sharing spoils with Albania and Belarus, Razvan Rat’s side were easily beaten by France and another defeat would mean a farewell to their Euro 2012 hopes. The good news is the return of Adrian Mutu, who is hardly in the best form of his life after missing a big part of the season through suspension, but that is not the only problem. While Romania look pretty solid at the back, they have big problems in midfield, as well as in attack and they will definitely experience some problems in Bosnia.

Coach Razvan Lucescu has no injury worries at the moment.


Bosnia have proven their potential in the last qualifying campaign and their attacking potential is something Romania will have problems with. The visitors are largely struggling at the moment and I don’t think they have what it takes to get something from this game.

Our prediction: Home win

Odds: 2.25 (5/4)

Bookmaker: Victor Chandler

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