Northern Ireland – Switzerland : Preview & Prediction
He will not have missed much at the Nati to join the World Cup directly. Leading Group B with 9 wins in as many games before the last day, Shaqiri and his partners needed a draw from Portugal, the reigning European champion, to validate their ticket. Dominated (2-0) by totally excited Lusitano, the Swiss are in dams, opposed to Northern Ireland. Surprising at the Euro, Michael O’Neill’s men confirmed their new status during the playoffs. Second behind an untouchable Mannschaft, the green and white still sent the Czech Republic and Norway home. Both solid defensive and dangerous in all phases, Lafferty & co is a serious threat for Switzerland. Who will take an option on qualifying at the World Cup before the return, scheduled three days later?
The half has been whistled on a parity score in 3 of the last 5 games played by Northern Ireland in Group C playoffs.
The Swiss scored just three goals in five games in the first half during their five trips in Group B.
The two nations had lost a goalless draw in their last confrontation in 2004.
The stake is immense and one imagines neither of the two formations to be discovered in the first period. Only an opening of the score could change the face of a match that is expected locked.
Northern Ireland Switzerland – Our prediction
Northern Ireland are at home but would be content with a draw before they move to Switzerland. Often cautious in major events, the Nati will also approach this appointment with caution, aware of its ability to make the difference on his return home. We expect a very closed encounter, especially in the first half. As in 3 of the last 5 playoff games played by the green and white in Group C, the break will be whistled on a parity score.
Northern Ireland – Switzerland : Betting Tips
Northern Ireland – Win Odds: 3.65
Both teams to score / YES – Odds: 1.70
Over 2.5 Goals – Odds: 1.70