Kick-off: 1945, 08/09/2021
Stadium: Windsor Park
TV: Sky Sports
Northern Ireland have enjoyed a successful international break so far, but things are about to get much trickier when hosting Switzerland.
The visitors are as high as 14 in the FIFA rankings, 37 places above their hosts, and have developed into a really consistent side.
We think 8/11 for an away win is a fair price for our first Northern Ireland vs Switzerland prediction.
A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds
Northern Ireland boosted their hopes of challenging for a top-two finish in World Cup qualifying Group C when romping to a 4-1 win in Lithuania last week.
Daniel Ballard and Shayne Lavery scored from open play in Vilnius, while Conor Washington and Paddy McNair converted penalties.
Ian Baraclough’s side started out in this pool with a 2-0 loss in Italy before drawing 0-0 at home to Bulgaria.
It will take a huge effort to advance but Sunday’s 1-0 friendly success in Estonia, thanks to Shane Ferguson’s 75th-minute strike, was another solid effort.
“We’ve talked about getting on a roll and making sure we continue that upward curve,” commented Baraclough.
“That’s three wins in the last four. It’s never a chore winning games of football.”
Being able to make nine changes over the weekend should ensure Ireland head into this contest fresh enough.
However, we still fancy the Swiss to shade it and 23/10 for an away win by any one-goal margin appeals from the Northern Ireland vs Switzerland odds.
A Look At Switzerland’s Betting Odds
Switzerland did remarkably well to almost reach the semi-finals of Euro 2020, getting the better of France on penalties before only losing to Spain via a shoot-out.
The Rossocrociati previously began this campaign with wins over Bulgaria and Lithuania back in March.
Sunday’s goalless stalemate with Italy in Basel cemented their position as favourites to progress alongside the Azzurri from this pool.
Switzerland were grateful for a string of saves from keeper Yann Sommer, including Jorginho’s poor penalty miss, but will look to play more themselves in Belfast.
Injured duo Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri will be missed in midfield, but Benfica forward Haris Seferovic spearheads a talented team of players plying their trade in top divisions around Europe.
That extra edge in quality can shine through in Belfast and 8/1 for a 2-1 away win completes our Northern Ireland vs Switzerland betting tips.
Estonia 0-1 NORTHERN IRELAND – Ferguson
SWITZERLAND 0-0 Italy
Head-to-head: Switzerland 0-0 N Ireland, N Ireland 0-1 Switzerland, Switzerland 0-0 N Ireland
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