Bosnia bowed out of the World Cup at the Group Stage after failing to get at least a point from their game with Nigeria.
Safet Sušić had made changes before the game, dropping Bičakčić and brining in Šunjić to the centre of defence and moving Lulic to LB to cover for the injured Kolašinac. Medunjanin came in.
The tactics did not work as Nigeria comfortably kept them out while also looking very dangerous in behind the defence.
With nothing to play for in their final game it’s likely Sušić will make further changes, Vedad Ibišević should start after coming off the bench to make an impact in both games. Medunjanin may drop back out of the side, meaning Misimović will drift over to the left from a central starting position.
Salihović may come in at LB for Lulic after recovering from injury, while Bičakčić and Kolašinac, if he recovers from injury, are both options to come into defence to replace Šunjić and partner Spahic.
Bench (from): Avdukić GK, Fejzić GK, Vršajević RB, Bičakčić CB, Vranješ CB, Kolašinac LB, Sušić DM, Hadžić CM, Medunjanin CM/DM/AM, Lulic LM, Višća RW, Ibričić AM
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As Bosnia are now unable to qualify the pressure may be lifted off the slightly and pushed onto Iran who still have a chance of progressing from the group. Bosnia will want to end their first major international tournament with a win.
No fresh injuries have been reported at this stage following the 1-0 defeat against Argentina.
Unless forced it is unlikely many changes will be made to the team starting XI though this all depends how well the players recover from expending so much energy in their last match.
For the game against Argentina the changes from the opening game were Shojaei replacing Heydari which was actually a surprise with Shojaei being a more attack minded player though he did have more work to do without the ball than with it.
If Coach Queiroz does make an attacking change it might be to bring in Jahanbakhsh on the right flank and move Shojaei or Dejagah into a central area, but this seems more likely that Jahanbakhsh will be used as an impact sub from the bench.
More clues regarding selection may be revealed when they return to training ahead of the match and will be included in the update.
Bench (from): Ahmadi GK, Davari GK, Heydari RB, Mahini RB, Beitashour RB, Alenemeh CB, Beikzadeh LB, R. Haghighi DM, Hadadifar CM, Jahanbakhsh RW, Rahmani AM, Ansarifard ST
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Bosnia-Herzegovina (18) v Iran (32) Wednesday 25th June 17:00 BST
An intriguing game with Bosnia-Herzegovina having nothing to play for other than a first win in major tournament finals and Iran with an improbable chance of qualifying should they win and Nigeria lose.
Iran were desperately unfortunate not to get a draw against Argentina. They had a very plausible shout for a penalty and a great chance to take the lead. Whether they throw off their defensive shackles and go for the win from the outset or play to their strengths and then open up in the second half, will be interesting to see.
As you would expect, teams with no points playing a side with one point in the final group game of a major tournament have lost (38%) more often than they’ve won (26%). But when they’ve been the higher ranked side as Bosnia are, they’ve won 50% of games since 1970, albeit from a relatively small sample size of just 16 games.
Iran have won only one tournament finals match and lost seven with two of the three draws coming against lower ranked teams. Another factor in Bosnia’s favour is that Bettorlogic teams ranked 11-25 with zero points have won 10/17 final group games when facing a lower ranked side. The majority of those games have been high scoring with nine having Over 2.5 goals and seven Over 3.5 goals.
Bosnia are likely to get more crosses into the box than Argentina did against Iran and that should feed into the strengths of Edin Dzeko, more so than when he faced the height of the Nigerian defenders. Iran are seeking their first goal of the tournament which is something they’ve achieved in three previous World Cups.