The penultimate day of action in the Euro 2024 qualifying for this international window takes place on Monday evening when two of the 10 groups are back in action with teams looking to move themselves deeper into contention.
We saw the likes of the Netherlands continuing their push for automatic qualification on Sunday evening and on Monday we get the former winners Portugal back in action as they look to continue their march towards the finals once again.
The leaders Turkey are not in action in Group D on Monday evening so it is the chance for the chasing pack to close in on them a little. The two teams immediately behind Turkey are on show in one of the matches when Armenia host Croatia in the first game to kick off on the night. It is a big evening for Wales too as they head to Latvia knowing if they are to have any chance of going to the finals they simply can’t afford any other result than a victory.
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The only other group on show on Monday night is Group J where Portugal are cruising towards a spot at Germany next summer. It is hotting up in behind them though and one of the sides pushing for second spot are Luxembourg. They travel to Portugal to take on the leaders. That makes it a big night for Slovakia. They begin the evening in second place and host Liechtenstein knowing that a win will significantly strengthen their position. Iceland and Bosnia-Herzegovina have some catching up to do and they meet each other in the lesser of the three games in this section.
I think it is fair to say that Bosnia-Herzegovina have underperformed in this qualifying campaign so far but I rate them a good deal better than Iceland and so I’m a little surprised that we can get a perfectly acceptable price on the draw no bet Asian line on the visitors when they meet on Monday. Bosnia-Herzegovina have already beaten Iceland 3-0 in this qualifying campaign, that defeat being part of a run which has seen the Scandinavians winning just one of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Bosnia-Herzegovina aren’t going much better and a laboured 2-1 win over Liechtenstein on Friday evening probably won’t do much more to help their confidence but there is still some class in this team. The experienced duo of Edin Dzeko and Miralem Pjanic are still more than capable at this level while AC Milan midfielder Rade Krunic is a talent too. The stalwarts of the Iceland side which were part of those halcyon days in 2016 are steadily fading away now and so in a must-win game for the Bosnians I’ll back them to get the job done with the draw protection on offer.
Back Bosnia-Herzegovina (0AH) to beat Iceland for a 3/10 stake at 1.80 with Bet365