Northern Ireland vs Switzerland Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Northern Ireland vs Switzerland in the World Cup qualifying play-off.
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland Match Preview
It would be an exciting first leg qualifier when Northern Ireland take on Switzerland with an eye on making the home advantage count. This Northern Ireland vs Switzerland first leg of the World Cup qualifying play-off encounter would be played at Windsor Park in Belfast on Thursday, November 9.
Northern Ireland were never expected to qualify outright for the World Cup after being drawn with Germany in Group C. They did exceed expectations by qualifying for the play-off after finishing runners-up to Germany. Northern Ireland picked up 19 points and finished four above Czech Republic. They made history by qualifying for the European Championships for the first time in their history while it has been more than 30 years since they qualified for the World Cup. Their hopes of qualification rest on a good start at Windsor Park where they have only lost twice in the last four years – against Germany and Croatia. Michael O’Neill’s men pride themselves on being stout defenders and could once again focus their attentions on shutting out their opponents.
Switzerland must be kicking themselves for missing out on automatic qualification by wafer-thin margin. Having led the group ‘B’ for most part of the campaign, they lost to Portugal in the last qualifier to miss out top spot on goal difference. It was their first loss of the campaign and one that hurt them big time. But, they still have a chance of qualifying for Russia and overcoming Northern Ireland in the first leg will boost their hopes. They have won four of their last five encounters away from home. The catch in this, however, is that these wins came against the likes of Hungary, Andorra, Faroe Islands and Latvia. Coach Vladimir Petkovic will hope that his well-drilled team can overcome the disappointment of Portugal loss and gear up for this vital clash.
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland H2H
Northern Ireland have won two, drawn one, and lost one of their last four meetings with Switzerland. The last match between Northern Ireland vs Switzerland was played in a 2004 friendly.
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland Team News
For Ireland, Craig Cathcart and Liam Boyce are not selected for this encounter by O’Neill who has no major concerns to handle.
For Switzerland, Petkovic has left out Johan Djourou, Valentin Stocker, and Jospi Drmic for this crucial encounter.
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland Probable Line-ups
Northern Ireland: McGovern, McLaughlin, McAuley, Jonny Evans, Brunt, Corry Evans, Davis, Norwood, Magennis, Dallas, Washington.
Switzerland: Sommer, Lichtsteiner, Schar, Elvedi, Rodriguez, Xhaka, Freuler, Shaqiri, Dzemailli, Mehmedi, Seferovic.
Northern Ireland vs Switzerland Predictions
Although Switzerland start as favourites for this encounter, the home comfort should work in favour of Northern Ireland. With the Greeks looking to shut shop, this Northern Ireland vs Switzerland betting tip and prediction looks set to be a low-scoring match. Coming to individuals, Kyle Lafferty’s good form – three goals in the qualification and five times in the Scottish Premiership this season – makes him a prudent pick to score anytime in the match.