After Friday’s 0-0 draw in Zenica there is everything to play for in Lisbon on Tuesday night and it should be another close encounter.
With home advantage, Portugal will be expected to qualify and they are just 4/9 (Ladbrokes – £50 free bets) to win on the night and 4/11 with the same company to qualify. Cristiano Ronaldo and co had the upper hand in the first leg but having failed to score they will be in big trouble if the visitors nick an away goal.
It would be a surprise if Bosnia win though, and the bookmakers’ odds reflect this, with Edin Dzeko and his team mates as big as 9/1 (Victor Chandler – £75 free betting). They will probably aim to frustrate their hosts, maintain their shape and hit Portugal on the break as and when the opportunities arise. An away goal would mean Paulo Bento’s men would have to score twice so we certainly expect the Bosnians to attack when they can.
All in all though we expect another tight game between two sides who have proved themselves quite evenly matched. The game could easily be another 0-0, with extra time and penalties certainly a prospect. We think it will be a low-scoring clash, and under 2.5 goals looks tempting at a widely available 4/5.
If there are to be goals it is hard to ignore the talents of one of the world’s finest players and Ronaldo is 5/2 to score first. The first goal odds are dominated by Portuguese players, with seven ahead of Dzeko (11/1) in the betting, and the Man City striker could be worth a small bet at that price.
Glory is there for the taking and whoever does score will create their own little piece of national footballing history, especially if their goal is the one that sends their side to Euro 2012. Portugal or Bosnia-Herzegovina – all will be revealed on Tuesday.