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Confident coach may need to make a u-turn

WALES have 18 points after eight Group B matches and Bosnia have 11 points so it’s no surprise to see one team is odds-on to win Saturday’s qualifier but maybe it is a shock that it’s Bosnia who are preferred by the bookmakers.

Maybe the odds-compilers have been busy listening to home boss Mehmed Bazdarevic, who claimed earlier this week that the table was quite clearly not in the correct order.

“We have the strength and quality and we are the better team than Wales,” said Bazdarevic without a mention of the fact Wales have conceded only two goals in qualifying and without acknowledging the Group B winners are on the verge of qualifying for Euro 2016.

The Bosnians have a few injuries, Wales have Gareth Bale and I like the idea of backing the visitors at a nice price.

Although if you want to get real value for money, why not put the “Dragons” down on your betting slip with both Bosnia and Wales sharing the same nickname.

It’s a bombproof way of making a profit. Unless it ends in a draw.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY SS2

Bosnia-Hz. v Wales

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Wales are unbeaten in ten competitive matches
Expert verdict
Wales need just one more point to make sure of a Euro 2016 berth and could earn it with a draw against Bosnia. Wales have been defending superbly and their goals conceded tally of two is the second-lowest of the 48 teams in the qualification process which suggests the visitors can nullify Bosnia.