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Northern Ireland VS Switzerland MATCH PREDICTION

09.11.2017 20:45, WC Qualification, UEFA
Northern ...
0:1 Loss
Asian handicap - Home (0) Odds 2.02

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The second qualifying stage gets underway on November 09 with two simultaneous games. When in one of them Northern Ireland hosts Switzerland at Windsor Park, Belfast. Who make the first step to the promotion to the World Cup’2018?

Northern Ireland was never going to automatically qualify to the World Cup after being drawn in a group with such mighty and eternal favorite as Germany. Indeed, Norn Iron has lost both clashes against Die Mannschaft. Also its negative record includes one loss against Norway. But the general excellent form allowed to outperform Czech Republic and Norway. Finally, it ended with four additional points over the Czechs. Besides these losings North Ireland has won six times plus one draw. Within the whole tournament it had scored 17 goals for and conceded 6 goals against having kept the difference of 11 goals.

Switzerland has one of the best performance from all participants of the first European qualifying round. Unfortunately, it missed out an automatic promotion to Russia having worse additional parameters. It was beaten by Portuguese national football team in the final qualifier (2:0) and now facing the lottery of a play-off. Basically, Nati has the same record as Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad with nine wins and one loss. The difference of 16 goals reflects 23 goals for and 7 goals against.

The hosts’ coach Michael O’Neill did not call up Craig Cathcart and Liam Boyce for this play-off tie. While Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty will be key players for North Ireland.
On the other hand, Vladimir Petkovic has decided against calling Johan Djourou, Valentin Stocker, Eren Derdiyok and Josip Drmic. But he can rely on Stephan Lichsteiner, Granit Xhaka, Xherdan Shaqiri.

H2H between these teams counts four meeting and NI is ahead by a slim margin with 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. The last one took place 13 years ago and ended with 0:0 draw.
Northern Ireland is aiming to reach their first World Cup since 1986. The north Irish recognize only the Schweizer stand on this way. The hosts have a perfect home record. They had lost just to Germany and Croatia within these three years. The visitors’ away record contains four wins including over Andorra and Faroes. But playing against highly motivated Green’n’white Army is the challenge for them. Believing North Ireland will be closer to the success thanks to its own ground we predict hosts’ win with an Asian handicap (0.25) (odd 2.02).

Performance :

  • Northern Ireland recent matches Win:5 Lost:2
    • Norway - Northern Ireland 1 : 0
    • Northern Ireland - Germany 1 : 3
    • Northern Ireland - Czech Rep. 2 : 0
    • San Marino - Northern Ireland 0 : 3
    • Azerbaijan - Northern Ireland 0 : 1
    • Northern Ireland - New Zealand 1 : 0
    • Northern Ireland - Norway 2 : 0
  • Switzerland recent matches Win:6 Lost:1
    • Portugal - Switzerland 2 : 0
    • Switzerland - Hungary 5 : 2
    • Latvia - Switzerland 0 : 3
    • Switzerland - Andorra 3 : 0
    • Faroe Islands - Switzerland 0 : 2
    • Switzerland - Belarus 1 : 0
    • Switzerland - Latvia 1 : 0

Last meetings:

18.08.2004 Switzerland 0 : 0 Northern Ireland

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