Romania vs Northern Ireland
UEFA Nations League B
Date: Friday, 4 September 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Arena Națională.
The Norn Iron were simply unstoppable in the recently-concluded Euro qualifiers. They ultimately failed to make the cut, as only two spots were allotted to each group, and Germany and Netherlands secured the top-two positions in the table.
Still, at the halfway point of the contest, Ian Baraclough’s men had a perfect winning record and were at the top of the standings – threatening to deliver a huge upset, by denying one of Germany or the Dutch a spot in the upcoming continental tournament.
Despite finishing third though, the team did leave with their head held high. Moreover, fans worldwide are now eager to see how they would perform in upcoming competitions.
Meanwhile, the Tricolours had an unimpressive outing in the Qualifiers. They had to settle for a mere fourth-place finish, and that too just above Faroe Islands and Malta – two of the worst teams in the whole of Europe.
Moreover, the sole four wins for Mirel Radoi’s men in the contest had come against these two teams.
Considering these performances of both teams, and their recent form, expect Northern Ireland to be the better team on the pitch this Friday.
Romania vs Northern Ireland: Head-to-head (h2h)
- The latest clash between the two teams had ended in a goalless draw.
- Baraclough’s men had kept clean sheets in two of the preceding four games.
- The last time when the Tricolours had played the role of the hosts, they recorded a 2-0 win.
- The past four match-ups in a row had failed to have goals from both teams.
Romania vs Northern Ireland: Prediction
Radoi’s men have built an unwanted reputation of being a minnow-bully, that most of their wins in recent years have come against some of the worst teams in the whole of Europe.
On the other hand, the Norn Iron gave some of the best teams in the world (Germany, Holland) a run for their money in the Euro Cup qualifying competition.
If not for some all-out-attack strategy by these two squads, Baraclough’s men would have delivered one of the heaviest upsets in football history.
Likely, their confidence is at an all-time high, and they simply are hungry for more. They definitely are targeting to get promoted to League A.
Considering that the other two teams in the group are Norway and Austria, it’s certainly doable. And for that a strong performance in the opener is a prerequisite.
As such, expect Northern Ireland to be the dominant force this Friday at the Arena Națională.
Romania vs Northern Ireland: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Northern Ireland or Draw @ 1.70 (7/10)
Northern Ireland +0.5, +1 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2).