Author: Glen Maxwell
Published: 15:43 10/11/2015
888sport has a great welcome offer for new customers giving treble odds on their first bet placed, which is ideal for this Friday’s Euro 2016 play-off clash between Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland.
Bosnia-Herzegovina are on a three-game competitive winning streak and will welcome the Republic of Ireland to Zelina for Friday’s Euro 2016 Qualifying play-off first leg, with the hosts aiming to make it to their first UEFA European Championships next summer - after they finally made their bow in a major international tournament with an appearance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Bosnia-Herzegovina finished third in Group B behind Belgium and Wales, while Ireland agonisingly just missed out on automatic qualification behind Germany in Group D - as they needed to draw 2-2 with Poland in their final game to leapfrog their opponents into second spot, but lost the match 2-1.
Portugal have bested Bosnia-Herzegovina in both of their previous appearances in play-offs for a major tournament - as they were denied a place in the 2010 World Cup with two 1-0 defeats, before their bid to reach Euro 2012 was ended with a 6-2 second leg loss in Portugal after a 0-0 draw at home.
Martin O’Neill’s side will hope that they can repeat their heroics of four years ago - as they also reached Euro 2012 via the play-offs, thanks to a 5-1 aggregate win over Estonia. However, in November 2009, they were beaten in the 2010 World Cup Qualifying play-offs by France - after a handball by Thierry Henry went unpunished in the lead up to Les Bleus’ winner.
Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland will face each other for the first time ever in competitive action this Friday, but the two sides have met once before. A Shane Long goal was enough to give the Irish a 1-0 win in an international friendly in Dublin back in 2012.
Robbie Keane has scored five goals during the Euro 2016 Qualifying campaign so and is now fifth in the list of Europe's all-time leading international scorers. The 35-year-old Republic of Ireland and LA Galaxy captain has struck 67 times in 143 appearances for his country.
Bosnia-Herzegovina to win is Evens on 888sport, but the bookmaker is enhancing those odds to 3/1 with treble odds. A Republic of Ireland win in Zelina is boosted to 48/5 from the normal odds of 16/5, while the draw will pay better at 13/2 when the price is tripled.
Open an account with 888sport and you will get treble odds on your first bet, up to £10 maximum stake.
You’d be crazy to let the offer pass if you don’t have an account with 888sport and the great thing about this treble odds offer is that all the winnings will be paid in cash, which means it can be withdrawn straight away and there is no obligation to make another bet with the extra winnings like some other enhanced odds offers.
The offer applies to any sport and 888sport has an extensive choice with thousands of markets on over 20 different sports. However, it’s this Euro 2016 play-off clash that will create most interest this Friday evening - as both Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland look to put the disappointment of missing out on automatic qualification for Euro 2016 behind them with a win in the first leg of the play-offs.