Northern Ireland vs San Marino
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Saturday, 8th October 2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast.
Northern Ireland will be facing easy opponents San Marino at Windsor Park on Saturday for their second World Cup qualifiers game. The Irish side played out a goalless draw against a strong Czech Republic in their first game, both sides were unable to score.
Northern Ireland are in the 4th position in the table, same points with Czech Republic in the 3rd position. They have all it takes to win this game as they hope to go further up in the group table.
San Marino have been on the receiving side for years now, they lost 0-1 at home in their first game against Azerbaijan. Prior to that, they lost 10-0 to Croatia in a friendly game in June. San Marino’s past results have been shameful and humiliating, they will work hard in this game to get at least a draw and halt the losing streak.
Northern Ireland vs San Marino: Head to Head Statistics
The two teams have just met twice in history, it was during South Africa 2010 World Cup qualifiers. Northern Ireland won the two legs of the game with 7-0 aggregate. The first game ended 4-0 in favour of the Irish men, while they also won the second game 0-3 on away soil.
Northern Ireland vs San Marino: Prediction
The home team are the favourites in this game despite their recent poor run of form. Northern Ireland have been winless in their last 3 games, their last win was a 0-2 victory over Ukraine in Euro Championship. The Irish side have lost 2 of their last 3 games and drawn 1. They have failed to score a goal in their last 3 games. However their defense is not bad, they have conceded a total of 2 goals in their last 3 games.
On the other hand, San Marino have been very poor, for more than 2 years now. They are the underdogs in this fixture as they have been on a losing streak. They have lost 9 of their last 10 games and drawn 1. San Marino have failed to score in 9 of their last 10 games. Their defense has been their major problem as they have conceded 37 goals in their last 10 games and scored just once.
I see an easy win for the home team also i expect them to score at least 2 goals in the game.
Northern Ireland vs San Marino: Tips
- First Half Goals – Over 1.5 at 1.66