Bosnia: Begovic; Mujdza, Bicakcic, Spahic (c), Kolasinac; Besic, Ibisevic, Pjanic, Lulic, Misimovic; Dzeko.
Iran: Haghighi; Montazeri, Hosseini, Sadeqi, Pooladi; Heydari, Nekounam (c), Teymourian; Dejagah, Hajsafi; Ghoochannejhad.
101GG Betting Tip:
Bosnia and Iran will meet on Wednesday in Salvador during the last round of Group G
While Bosnia’s defeat at the hands of Nigeria last Sunday meant the end of their campaign, Iran get a last chance at qualifying to the knockout stages, but for that a win on Wednesday is a must.
Following a disappointing goalless draw against Nigeria, Iran managed to impress in their second game against mighty Argentina. The Albiceleste was struggeling against disciplined defensive work, and was even tested by the Iranian frontline a few times, needing the help of goalkeeper Romero to remain in the game. Only a 93rd minute solo effort by Leo Messi separated Carlos Quieroz’s side from achieving a landmark result.
Bosnia went down to Nigeria last Sunday but was very unlucky to be affected by several controversial referee calls during the game. A first half Dzeko goal was erroneously called off for alleged offside, and the winning goal was scored after a clear Nigeria foul just outside the box was overlooked, allowing for the ball to reach Peter Odemwingie. Captain Vincent Enyeama had a brilliant display in the second half and kept the Super Eagles in contention and eliminated the Bosnians.
Iran will have to play a bit more openly, as they need to score goals should they wish to overtake Nigeria in the table.
Overall, Bosnia has much more quality than their opponents, but have nothing left to play for except their pride. However, with the Iranian defence allowing more space, Dzeko and Ibisevic could have a much easier time scoring than did the front lines of Argentina and Nigeria.
101GG Prediction: Bosnia 1 – Iran 1
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting:
Iran have scored 16 goals across their five previous matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina; an average of 3.2 per game.
This will be the first time these sides have faced off in a FIFA World Cup.
Iran last faced Bosnia and Herzegovina in August 2009; they won the game 3-2.
Iran have never won against European opposition at World Cup.
Iran have won only one of their 11 games at the World Cup. Additionally, Iran have gone six World Cup matches without a win, losing four and drawing two.
11 of the last 12 goals Iran have conceded at the World Cup have come in the second half.
Bosnia have kept one clean sheet in their last six internationals.
Edin Dzeko has attempted nine shots in the tournament so far, eight of which came against Nigeria.