Edin Dzeko says the Republic of Ireland have the quality to hurt Bosnia-Herzegovina in their Euro 2016 playoff despite missing some key players.
Martin O'Neill has lost skipper John O'Shea and Jonathan Walters to suspension while Shay Given and Shane Long, the match winner against Germany last month, are out of Friday's first leg with injury.
Dzeko, on loan at Roma from Manchester City this season, say he expects a huge challenge from the Irish and rates Bosnia's chances of progress at 50-50.
"Maybe some of their most important players are not playing in the first game, so it's a big problem for them, but they have other good players who can jump in, so I don't think it's a big advantage for us," Dzeko said.
"They have some important players, some experienced players, who can bring something different to the team – like they did against Germany, because it's not easy doing it against them. If you win, you must be a good team."
Long scored a second half winner in Dublin last month as Ireland claimed the scalp of the world champions to edge out Scotland in the race for third place in Group D.
Bosnia, who are 11/10 to win the first leg in Zenica, must be wary of an Irish side well drilled in the Premier League, warns Dzeko.
"I know almost all the Irish players – they all play in England in the best league in the world and they are there because they have their individual qualities, they are good players.
"Even if some of them are missing, they are a good team which will definitely never give up, I know that," he added.
Dzeko has scored 44 goals in 77 appearances for his country, including seven in seven games during qualifying, and is 4/1 to score first against Ireland on Friday.
Republic of Ireland are 11/10 to qualify for Euro 2016 by defeating Bosnia in their two-legged playoff.
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