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Bosnia, Croatia and Norway all to win in Friday night treble

| 10.10.2014

Coral are offering you a chance to rake in the cash during the international break by backing star-studded Croatia, heavy favourites Norway and FIFA-ranked 25th in the world Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Croatia make the short trip to Bulgaria, Norway travel to minnows Malta, while Bosnia are bound for the UK to take on Chris Coleman’s Wales.

Wales v Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia made the trip to Wales back in 2012 for a friendly and came away with a 2-0 win, against a strongest possible Welsh side featuring Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey. They are 5/4 to repeat the feat this time out.

The Bosnians turned some heads at this year’s World Cup in Brazil with their dogged display against eventual finalists Argentina and comprehensive defeat of surprise package Iran.

Manchester City’s Edin Dzeko is the obvious star of the Bosnian show, and is 4/1 to get off the mark first at the Cardiff City Stadium on Friday night. With Roma’s playmaker Miralem Pjanic pulling the strings against a leaky Welsh defence, it could be a question of when Bosnia net, not if.

Bulgaria v Croatia
Croatia, 5/4 favourites for victory, enter this fixture after winning their first two outings following the World Cup 2-0.

Bulgaria have only kept one clean sheet in their last six with their toughest opponents coming in the form of the Czech Republic. They’ve also only scored 10 goals in that six, compared to Croatia who have nestled 15 against nations such as Brazil and Mexico.

The prolific Mario Mandzukic, suitably supplied by the likes of Luka Modric and Ivan Perisic, is 4/1 to open the scoring in this qualifier and add to his 17 international strikes.

Malta v Norway
These opposing climatic European counterparts last met during the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, with Norway running out comfortable winners on both occasions, bagging four goals both home and away. Norway are odds-on at 4/11 to clock up three points and continue that trend.

Malta are wallowing in 155th in the FIFA world rankings, and have shipped 18 goals in their last six outings with only one side that they have faced residing inside the top 25 in the world.

Hoffenheim’s 26-year-old Tarik Elyounoussi is slated as 7/2 to open the scoring on Friday night, whilst the electric Joshua King is also available at 9/2 – a tempting offer after his direct running in behind troubled England in a friendly in September.



Alex McCarthy