WCQ Group G : Bosnia and Greece go head to head for World Cup qualification

Two of Europe’s lesser lights, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Greece are set to provide the evening’s biggest drama when Group G comes to a close on Tuesday night.

The pair are level on 22 points at the top of the table separated only by goal differing having won 7, drawn 1 and lost 1 of their 9 games so far.

Greece face arguably the easier task of the two as they face off against group minnow’s Lichtenstein in Piraeus.

Fernando Santos’ men remained in contention for automatic qualification thanks a fortunate win over Slovakia last Friday, with a bizarre own goal scored by Martin Skrtel but owing to a mistake from Jan Mucha sealed a 1-0 win.

Goals have proved difficult for the Greek’s to come across with only 10 scored in their 9 games to date and five of their wins have been 1-0, including their away game with Lichtenstein.

Their success has been built on a solid defence that has only conceded 4 goals to date, three in which came in the defeat to leaders Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Bosnia and Herzegovina meanwhile have blazed a trail through the group scoring 29 goals in their 9 games with 17 of those come from the deadly boot of Edin Dzeko and Vedad Ibisevic.

The pair were on target again last weekend with Manchester City striker Dzeko scoring two and Stuggart star Ibisevic scoring one in their 4-1 win over Liechtenstein.

All four goals came in a stunning opening 39 minutes and Safet Susic will be hoping that his side does experience final day nerves when they face Lithuania in Kaunas.

When the two sides met in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina ran out 3-0 nil winners although Susic would happily take a 1-0 win this time round. That’s all that is required to send the Balkan state through to their first ever world cup.

Lithuania are currently fourth in the group having won 3 and drawing 2 of their 9 games and they will head into the game on the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Latvia.

The final game of the night will see Latvia and Slovakia do battle with little to play for. Latvia cannot finish any higher than their current fifth spot after a campaign that has seen just two wins and a draw while Slovakia have won 3 and drawn 3 in an inconsistent campaign that has seen them struggle for goals.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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