Bosnia-Herzegovina is making their very first World Cup appearance and, while they are in a group with Argentina, they still have good betting odds to advance to the round on 16.
They have a good offense that scored the fourth most goals in European qualifying. The squad was a surprise winner of their qualifying group and they are a dangerous team that nobody wants to play with their solid attack.
Bosnia-Herzegovina Odds to win World Cup 2014: +15000
Bosnia-Herzegovina Odds to win Group F: +650
Manchester City's Edin Dzeko leads the offense up front and AS Roma MF Miralem Pjanic is a great young player that may make his name thins summer if Bosnia-Herzegovina advances far in the tournament.
While they have a great young GK in Asmir Begovic the defense is still the concern for the squad and that is an even bigger issues since two of the other squads in their group have solid offenses in Argentina and Nigeria.
World Cup Prediction for Bosnia-Herzegovina
The group play for Bosnia-Herzegovina will play out just like odds makers think, as they will finish second behind Argentina. They will not win that match, but they will easily beat Iran and Nigeria in what sets up to be a very entertaining encounter.
However, while as the second place finisher they face the winner of one of the weaker groups, which will be France. They may put up a fight in that match, but Bosnia-Herzegovina will not advance to the quarterfinals.
However, a round of 16 appearance will be a good one for the squad making their World Cup debut.
How Bosnia-Herzegovina got to the World Cup
Bosnia-Herzegovina was very solid in qualifying and while the group was not the toughest it did include Greece, who is playing this summer. Overall, the squad had eight wins, one draw, and one loss.
In playing their toughest competition Bosnia-Herzegovina played to a draw on the road playing Greece and then was very impressive in beating them at home 3-1.
World Cup 2014
World Cup Qualifying Results
07/09/12 Liechtenstein 1 - 8 Bosnia-Herzegovina
11/09/12 Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 - 1 Latvia
12/10/12 Greece 0 - 0 Bosnia-Herzegovina
16/10/12 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 - 0 Lithuania
22/03/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 3 - 1 Greece
07/06/13 Latvia 0 - 5 Bosnia-Herzegovina
06/09/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 0 - 1 Slovakia
10/09/13 Slovakia 1 - 2 Bosnia-Herzegovina
11/10/13 Bosnia-Herzegovina 4 - 1 Liechtenstein
15/10/13 Lithuania 0 - 1 Bosnia-Herzegovina
World Cup Group Play Schedule
15/06/14 Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina - Estadio do Maracanã
21/06/14 Nigeria vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina - Arena Pantanal
25/06/14 Bosnia-Herzegovina vs. Iran - Arena Fonte Nova
Team Key Players
Edin Dzeko - FW Manchester City - The leader up front and a great FW that has league titles in Germany and England.
Miralem Pjanic - MF Roma AS Roma - He is an attacking MF that is very creative and has the ability to score and set up scoring chances.
Asmir Begovic - GK Stoke City - The anchor of the defense that has a lot of pressure on him facing the offensive minded teams in group play.