Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Bulgaria Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 4, 2022 20:00 CET
Bosnia and Herzegovina will play against Bulgaria and they need to win in order to maintain a realistic chance for the World Cup spot.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina
Incredible things have happened within the national team of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the last month. Head coach Vedran Bosnic resigned, and immediately after him, president of the association Mirza Teletovic did the same. The reason for such a thing is a disagreement with the board. They wanted Muhamed Pasalic out of the team, which Bosnic refused. In the European Championship qualifiers, Bosnia and Herzegovina had the best performance of all the teams, and it was Bosnic who was the most responsible for success, so these events seriously shook everyone within the team. In such an atmosphere, Bosnia and Herzegovina lost against Czech Republic on Friday night and they need now to overcome Bulgaria in order to maintain a solid chance of appearing at the World Cup for the first time in history. Dzanan Musa is by far the best player and everything in offense depends on him. Second option is naturalized player John Roberson. They also have few solid players like Emir Sulejmanovic, Miralem Halilovic, and Amar Gegic, so Bosnia and Herzegovina enter this match as slight favorite.
Bosnia-Herzegovina President of basketball organization Mirza Teletović & Head Coach Vedran Bosnić have resigned and are no longer leading BIH..
Bosnić has confirmed he is stepping down due to disagreements with the federation.
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— BH live 🇧🇦 (@BHlive_official) June 8, 2022
For the first time in 11 years, Bulgaria managed to qualify for Eurobasket where they will play in September in a group with Spain, Turkey, Belgium, Georgia, and Montenegro. In the past decade, Bulgaria didn’t have the quality in the roster to qualify for a big competition. Now, they have Sasha Vezenkov in their squad, Olympiaco’s top scorer. He scored 29 points against Lithuania three days ago. With him in the roster, Bulgaria looks much more serious. Next to him, there is also Dee Bost. The American point guard has been playing for Bulgaria for a long time and they can always expect a good performance from him. Unfortunately, apart from Vezenkov and Bost, the rest of the team is quite weak and there is not a single player capable of consistently scoring double-digit points. In these qualifiers, Bulgaria is in a bad position. To advance to the next stage, they need a win by at least three points in Sarajevo, plus they need the Czech Republic to lose against Lithuania. If the Czech Republic wins in Klaipeda, then Bulgaria would have to defeat Bosnia and Herzegovina by 11 points to advance.
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Bosnia and Herzegovina played against Bulgaria five times in the last five years and H2H is 4-1 in Bosnia and Herzegovina favor. They achieved four consecutive wins against Bulgaria and each time the difference was by double digits.
Jusuf Nurkic won’t play for Bosnia and Herzegovina, while Sasha Vezenkov is questionable for Bulgaria. He suffered an injury in the last game against Lithuania, but they are hoping that he will be on the roster for this clash.
Bosnia and Herzegovina vs. Bulgaria Prediction
If the departure of head coach Bosnic didn’t happen, Bosnia and Herzegovina would have been the absolute favorite in this game. In such circumstances, they would probably beat Bulgaria by double digits for the fifth time in a row. In this situation, Bulgaria will surely be a more serious opponent, but the home team is good enough to win by four points at least.
Date and Time: 04.07.2022 20:00 CET
Pick: Bosnia and Herzegovina -3.5
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