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Northern Ireland vs Switzerland - World Cup Qualification Europe Preview and Odds

09/11/2017

Northern Ireland vs Switzerland - World Cup Qualification Europe Preview and Odds

November 09, 2017 19:45pm - Windsor Park

World Cup Qualification - Playoffs

Having been drawn in a group that contained reigning World champions Germany, automatic qualification was always going to be out of Northern Ireland`s reach. However, they still needed to finish second in the group to force a playoff and it is to their credit that they achieved that feat with room to spare despite losing their last two matches.

Aside from a dominant Germany side, they also had to fend off the challenge of Norway and Czech Republic, and they did so in style with a run of eight games featuring six wins, one draw and one defeat prior to their late slump. As a result, they are now on the verge of making their first World Cup tournament in more than 30 years.

As always with two-legged matches, game management will be vital and the hosts will be hoping to capitalize of their strong home form which has seen them win five of their last seven games at Windsor Park, keeping five clean sheets in each of those victories.

Meanwhile, Switzerland will be keen to take this opportunity after missing out on automatic qualification on goal difference. A run of nine straight wins put them at the top of Group B before a final day defeat to Portugal condemned them to second place by the finest of margins.

Recent form (All competitions)

Northern Ireland: LLWWW

Switzerland: LWWWW

Betting odds and tips

Switzerland`s defeat in Portugal was their first away from home in their last 15 World Cup qualifiers. During that spell that scored two or more goals on 13 occasions. The opposition may not have always been of the highest quality but it is an impressive record nonetheless. That combined with their strong performance in qualifying has made them favourites to progress over the two legs.

With that in mind, a tight game can be expected here with the visitors hoping to remain at least on level terms going into the second leg. Judging by their recent performances, they are well capable of achieving that and the draw looks like a good bet.

You can back the draw at 21/10 Bet365.

By Neil Morris

Northern Ireland v Switzerland Live Betting Odds - Europe - World Cup Qualifying

Home Win
31/10
Draw
2/1
Away Win
5/4