Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group C)
Date: Saturday, 10th June 2017
Kick off at 17:00 UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Tofiq Bahramov Stadium, Baku.
The Group C has the similar scenario to Group F as the first place is basically secured by one of the World Cup title contenders, while the other teams are fighting for the second place. Die Mannschaft is governing the group C, while Northern Ireland, Czech Republic and potentially Azerbaijan are battling for the runner-up position.
The Azeri are in the fourth place with 7 points. Their campaign started surprisingly well – with two 1-0 victories over San Marino and Norway, respectively. They even managed to snatch a point in Ostrava where they drew Czech Republic 1-1.
Unfortunately, in the last two matches they shipped 8 while scoring only one goal as Northern Ireland dismantled them in Belfast, followed by an expected defeat by Germany.
Despite being a member of a relatively ’easy’ group, Northern Ireland can brag with their rock-solid defense as they conceded only twice so far – both times against Germany. They are second with 10 points collected, two points ahead the Czech Republic.
They are on a two-game winning streak that commenced in the first clash against Azeri, followed by a home victory against struggling Norwegian national team. The visitors are without an away victory in the qualification so far, but they already checked the two most difficult visits in the Czech Republic and Germany.
Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland: Head-to-head
Saturday’s contest will be the sixth between the two sides. Azerbaijan won once compared to NI’s two victories, while two games ended as a draw. The hosts scored 3 in their head-to-head meetings, while Northern Ireland scored 4 goals more.
Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland: Prediction
N. Ireland seems in the solid state at the moment and they have a solid chance to play in Russia next summer. Azerbaijan is probably looking at the last train for staying in the game for the second place, so they might go all in early on.
Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland: Bet tips
The first pick will be Over 2 goals for 2.94 odds at Pinnacle.
You could also try Correct Score 1-2 in favour of Northern Ireland for 10.50 odds at Unibet.