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Bosnia-Herzegovina vs N Ireland: O'Neill's outfit can spring Sarajevo surprise

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Match Preview and Predictions

Northern Ireland will be looking to bounce back from their defeat by Bosnia-Herzegovina in Monday's return fixture in Sarajevo.

Michael O'Neill's men dominated their opening Nations League match at Windsor Park but went down 2-1 against a team that rarely got out of their own half.

The Green and White Army then lost 1-0 in Vienna on Friday when we correctly predicted the home side would win to nil at 23/20, prevail 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 11/8 and that Marko Arnautovic would open the scoring at 10/3 in our Austria vs Northern Ireland match preview.

Robert Prosinecki's side warmed up for this match with a goalless draw against Turkey in an international friendly on Thursday.

Match information

When is it? Monday 15th October

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Grbavica Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Football

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Monday's Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland match for which we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

O'Neill was understandably disappointed to lose to Bosnia-Herzegovina with two-thirds of possession and the bulk of the chances falling his side's way.

The home team should have had a first-minute penalty, too, when George Saville tumbled under a challenge by Ervin Zukanovic but the referee waved play on.

In his post-match press conference, O'Neill said: "We've played a lot worse and won. To have the level of domination we had in the game, the level of possession, it's a sore one.

"It's a good lesson as well because I think it shows the nature of international football, you do get punished. I'm disappointed with the result but in terms of how we played, the positivity of the team, how we pressed, it was exactly what we were was looking for."

Bosnia were also lucky to beat Austria in their next Nations League game and although they started well against Turkey, the hosts failed to make the most of their possession and chances, especially Cenk Tosun who failed to hit the target when clean through.

Prosinecki's side are already in the box seat with maximum points from two games and are not under pressure to go looking for a winner but they can only ride their luck for so long.

With that in mind, the first of our Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Northern Ireland betting tips is for a draw at 13/5.

First goalscorer

George Saville caught the eye in the first match between the two nations a month ago and could be the man to break the deadlock.

The Middlesbrough midfielder has yet to open his account for Northern Ireland in seven appearances but he nearly got on the end of a Conor McLaughlin cross and had a couple of shots blocked.

Anytime goalscorer

Edin Visca has been in decent form for Istanbul Basaksehir for whom he has scored three goals this season.

The winger also had a great chance to put the Bosnians ahead against Turkey and certainly looks a dangerous commodity down the right flank.

With Northern Ireland expected to be pushing forward in search of a goal, Visca can exploit the space and get on the scoresheet just as he did when scoring a hat-trick against South Korea in June.

Feature match previews for this week

If you're interested in tips on the forthcoming international matches, check out our in-depth previews below:

Where the game will be won or lost

Bosnia-Herzegovina are now seven games unbeaten following the stalemate in Istanbul despite being well down on possession in their last three matches.

Northern Ireland had 25 attempts on goal at Windsor Park and we expect them to pile on the pressure again with only a win good enough to give them a chance of reaching the play-offs.

With the onus on attack, the next of our Nations League predictions at 27/20 is for over 2.5 goals which has been the case in three of Northern Ireland's last four games.

Only two of Bosnia's last nine matches have produced three goals or more but two of their last four have hit the mark and with an end-to-end encounter expected, we could see the net bulging on several occasions.

Finally, we are jumping on board Northern Ireland in the draw no bet market at 15/4. O'Neill's side can take comfort from their performance at Windsor Park and the subsequent 3-0 win against Israel, who beat Scotland 2-1 on Thursday. They also had their chances in a 1-0 defeat in Austria on Friday night.

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Warren Barner
@warren_barner in Football