France and Bosnia will be battling it out for first place in Group D of Euro 2012 qualifying in Paris, France on Oct. 11th. France leads the group at the moment with 20 points from six wins, two draws and a loss while Bosnia is just one point behind them with six wins, a draw and two losses. It’ll be a case of winner takes all.
Of course, the game could also end in a draw and if it does France will take first place and an automatic qualification to next summer’s tournament while Bosnia would have to enter a two-legged home and away playoff to earn a spot. The first time these two teams met in Bosnia back in September of last year the French walked away with all three points from a 2-0 win. France has beaten the Bosnians twice and tied them once in their last three meetings.
Sportsbook 5dimes.com has the odds of a France win listed at -194 while a Bosnia victory is +640. A draw is +328. Visit 5Dimes.com to bet on France vs Bosnia Euro 2012 qualifier or to check the up to date odds for all Euro 2012 games.
France has won three and tied two of their last five games while Bosnia is pretty hot with four wins and a draw. France beat fifth-place Albania 3-0 on Friday at home while Bosnia hammered sixth-place Luxembourg 5-0 at home.
Yohan Cabaye, who plays in the English Premier League with Newcastle United, hopes to be able to play for France. The playmaker was taken out of the game against Albania on Friday with an ankle injury. In addition defender Patrice Evra is also questionable along with strikers Karim Benzema, and Kevin Gameiro, midfielder Blaise Matuidi and winger Franck Ribery. Defender Bacary Sagna will definitely miss the game due to a broken leg he suffered last weekend while playing for Arsenal in the English Premier League.
With France just needing a draw to qualify they’ll have to make sure they don’t just play for the one point. Team manager Laurent Blanc said his squad will be going all out to win the game as playing for a tie could easily backfire on them. France will be looking for Mvila, Cabaye, and Nasri to control the midfield if Cabaye is fit enough to play.
Bosnia has never beaten France, but should have some confidence after their 5-0 win on Friday. They’ll have no choice but to go for a win, meaning they’ll have to be careful of French counter attacks. It should be a close game, but the French always seem to get through in situations like these. Look for France to win by a goal.
Play: France -194
Written by: Ian Palmer