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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

12:15 Su 11Oct SS1

Exeter v Stevenage

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Stevenage have conceded ten goals in five league away matches
Expert verdict
Exeter’s decent home performances have propelled them into a handy position after the first portion of the season. Bookmakers still think the Grecians will end up in mid-table, but they will fancy their chances against a Stevenage side who haven’t won on the road since mid-April.