After both teams failed to record wins in their opening encounter, Nigerians and the Bosnians know how important today’s game is to their world cup campaigns.
The super eagles have already proven they have the ability to hold the ball and play it out of defense against Iran. What is lacking however, is quality in the final third, a problem that can be solved by playing a more advanced player behind Emenike and Moses and Musa driving more in field to provide Mikel with more options to pass the ball to in the box. Nigeria have to beware of the ability of Miralem Pjanic to pass the ball as well as Edin Dzeko’s knack for picking up dangerous positions and finishing off team moves with ease. As well as the direct play of Lulic and Ibisevic it is safe to say the Nigerian defense have their hands full today.
For Bosnia and Herzegovina, Besic and Pjanic have to exert themselves in the midfield and Misimovic must look for the space to operate and find the willing to run legs of Ibisevic and Lulic who will look to feed the central man Dzeko. Bosnia have a knack for playing the ball long and letting Dzeko nod the ball on to the pacey wingers who go on to cause problems for the full backs and either drive in to take shots or find the ever so well positioned Dzeko to apply the finish. This tactic will serve them well today as Nigeria are guilty of being out of defensive shape more often than not.