Saturday 22 October 2016

Begovic warns of threat posed by Walters

Published 16/11/2015 | 02:30

Bosnia's Asmir Begovic
Bosnia's Asmir Begovic

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic highlighted the threat of Jon Walters to the Bosnia & Herzegovina hopes of snatching a Euro 2016 Qualifying place at the expense of the Republic this evening.

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Begovic, hugely frustrated at his team's failure to keep a clean sheet in Zenica in the first leg of the play-off, sees Walters, who was suspended for the first leg, as one of a number of problems Bosnia & Herzegovina will have to overcome.

Speaking before the visitors' training session at the Aviva Stadium last night, Begovic commented: "I would expect a lot from Jon. He's a very good quality player, a seasoned pro, and he will strengthen their side. We're trying to get prepared for him as much as possible and it would be nice to get one over him."

Bosnia coach Mehmed Bazdarevic - who played most of his own career in France and lives near Strasbourg - prefaced his remarks by expressing sympathy for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Saturday night.

"Our thoughts are with the French people. I live in France and I know the situation," he said.

Bazdarevic is hopeful that midfielder Mensur Mujdza, who was substituted in the 51st minute on Friday because of injury, will be fit to play.

His options are strengthened by the return of Seamus Coleman's Everton team-mate Muhamed Besic from suspension.

Talisman Edin Dzeko has a slight injury but the Roma striker is expected to line out.

Overall the coach wants to see Bosnia take a positive approach.

"This will be a hard match, but we will go out to win. We maybe need to be more aggressive in this match," he said.

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