Spain v Bosnia Betting Tips & Predictions
Looking for a return to form, Iberia will be cheering on the home team when Spain v Bosnia on Sunday 18th November. A round of international friendlies and UEFA Nations League ties occupies the thinking of football punters over the next fortnight. There’s certainly plenty to keep backers busy. Spain welcome Bosnia to Gran Canaria on Sunday night with Sky Sports screening the action live from 7.45pm.
The locals are hot favourites with bookmakers to keep sharp with a morale-boosting victory; however, the recent form of both suggests traders have been harsh on the visitors. Are we set for an upset at a nice price?
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Read on as we pick apart this friendly match, offering our best betting tips and predictions.
Spain Bounced Back from World Cup Exit
Spain have won three of their last four with each of those victories coming in-a-row as the team look to put what was a miserable World Cup campaign behind them. Red Fury went in as one of the favourites to lift the trophy; however, they were sent home at the Round of 16 stage, downed by host nation Russia. They got the ball rolling with a 2-1 UEFA Nations League win over England at Wembley. Niguez and Rodrigo fired back after Rashford had put The Three Lions ahead early in the contest.
That injected a bit of self-belief back into the ranks and they were playing like the old Spain again. They smashed an impressive six past Croatia without reply at the Martinez Valero in the summer. It took just 24 minutes to break the deadlock, Niguez opening the floodgates. There were goals scored by Asensio, Kalinic OG, Rodrigo, Ramos and Isco. Luis Enrique’s troops were back in their stride and demolished Wales in Cardiff next, strutting to a 4-1 friendly win. Relentless and ruthless, but there was to be a shock next.
Hosts Lost Last Time Out
Back on League of Nations duty. They were expected to finish the job against England in front of an expectant crowd of 50,000 at the Benito Villamarin last month. England obviously hadn’t read the script and exploded out of the traps that night. A double from Sterling on 16 and 38 came either side of another from in form striker Rashford.
The night looked to be over by half-time. However, the Spanish were able to keep the final score respectable thanks to Alcacer (58) and Ramos. 3-2 suggests an entertaining, hard-fought match; however, in reality, Spain were well beaten. Ramos finally netted with 97 minutes on the clock. It was billed as one of England’s greatest ever away wins and critics found it difficult to argue.
Bosnia Have Won Four of Five
Bosnia have been priced like a side here just to make up the numbers and help Spain get back to winning ways at the earliest opportunity. However, a quick flick through their recent results suggests that’s way off the mark. The Dragons have won four of their last five, drawing the spare. They recorded a treble, starting with a 3-1 friendly win over Korea Rep earlier this year. Robert Prosinecki’s side then went to Windsor Park and helped themselves to three Nations League points in September, getting their campaign off to the perfect start.
Again, the final score wasn’t a true reflection on the match with Duljevic grabbing an opening on 36 minutes to silence the home support; Saric then doubled that advantage midway through the second-half. Coasting to the points, the cushion was reduced when Grigg notched a consolation goal in stoppage time; however, it did nothing to change the course of the points. The beaten side played some good football, but a failure to take their chances resulted in them packing up with nothing to show for their efforts. The stats show Bosnia had three shots on target and scored two, Norn Iron eight and scored one. That was the difference.
Double Landed Over Norn Iron
Following that away win on British soil, Bosnia added a 1-0 in front of their own fans when hosting Austria – Dzeko making the difference – to complete the hat-trick. They were held to a goalless draw with Turkey in a friendly match away from home, but that slight slip-up was easy to forgive, given the hectic schedule and recent results.
A return to winning ways came when it mattered, Northern Ireland again the victims in the Nations League return leg, Bosnia bettering their previous efforts to win 2-0. Dzeko kept up his scoring run, bagging a brace to put his side in a commanding position in the Group, leaving NI facing the real risk of relegation.
Red Fury to Rage
Bosnia go in with the better recent form of the two sides but it’s worth remembering that Northern Ireland had plenty of chances to win at Windsor Park and, with a bit more composure in the final third, they could’ve got the points. Spain have certainly had no trouble finding the net of late, scoring 14 goals in four games since returning from the World Cup. They’ll get chances to add to that on home soil and, with the mood they’re in, you’d back them to take full advantage.
Bosnia have never beaten Spain in seven previous tries, but the pair have served up plenty of goals along the way, scoring a combined 11 in their last two – 2009 and 2016. The home cheer is our pick at 9/50 at Unibet, those looking for a bit more able to get more on both teams to score in a Spain victory.
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