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Netherlands v Northern Ireland Prediction & Betting Tips, 10th October 2019

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Netherlands v Northern Ireland Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 10th October 7.45 pm

If Northern Ireland could win this fixture, they would be in a great position to secure themselves qualification for Euro 2020. A draw out of it wouldn’t be a terrible result for them. The Irish are sat in second place in Group C, three points ahead of the Dutch but having played a game more than their opponents. Can they dig out a result on the road? Read our Netherlands v Northern Ireland betting tips for more.

Netherlands v Northern Ireland Betting Odds*

Netherlands 1/7
Draw 13/2
Northern Ireland 16/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)


Netherlands News and Form

The Netherlands will move ahead of Northern Ireland on the tie-breaker if they collect three points in this one. It’s a huge home fixture for them. The Dutch are sat at W3 L1 in their four games so far in the group, the one-loss happening against Germany. But they showed some character to come back and beat the Germans in their second group meeting, putting four goals past Die Mannschaft.

The Netherlands have tallied 14 goals in four group games. That is twice as many as Northern Ireland have managed in five fixtures. The Dutch have scored exactly four goals in three of their four group games so far. The Netherlands are on a poor sequence of form in home European Championship qualifiers. They are only W1 D1 L3 in their last five such games on home soil. The one win there was against Belarus. If they win this, they are in the driving seat for qualification at the expense of Northern Ireland.

Netherlands v Northern Ireland Head to Head

Northern Ireland have only beaten the Netherlands once before
The Dutch have won the last two meetings
Northern Ireland have failed to score in three of their last four against the Netherlands
This is the first meeting since 2012, a friendly

Northern Ireland News and Form

The Irish have had a good campaign, winning all four of their games against Belarus and Estonia. But then came a stiffer challenge of meeting Germany for the first time in the group and the Irish fell to a 2-0 loss in Belfast. So a response in this one against the Dutch would be huge for Northern Ireland. A victory would leave them in a great position, a draw, not too bad off. They, have to get something out of their back-to-back fixtures against the Dutch or they will be done and dusted.

Northern Ireland have won five of their last six games (competitive and friendly) but as expected the goals don’t fly in from them frequently. The Irish are undefeated in their last four away European Championship qualifiers (W3 D1) and have lost just one of their last seven on the road in such fixtures. Northern Ireland have collected a clean sheet in just one of their last five European Championship qualifiers away from Windsor Park. It’s a big one, can they hang in there and avoid defeat against the free-scoring Dutch?

Netherlands v Northern Ireland Tips & Odds

Over 3.5 goals at 11/8 odds
The Netherlands to win to nil at 4/6
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)

Who will win – Netherlands v Northern Ireland Predictions

The Dutch are in pretty good shape at the moment and given Northern Ireland’s misfire against Germany in their last qualifier, that leans towards this being a difficult night away from home for the Irish. The Netherlands to win to nil.

9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting

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Northern Ireland v Germany Prediction & Betting Tips, 9th September 2019

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Northern Ireland v Germany Euro 2020 Qualifying Preview, 9th September 7.45pm

The pressure is going to start mounting for Northern Ireland in Group C. They have won four out of four played, but those were all their easier games. The difficulty goes up a few notches now as their final four games are two each against Germany and the Netherlands, starting with this one. Germany lost at home against the Dutch on Friday. Read our Northern Ireland v Germany betting tips for more.

Northern Ireland v Germany Betting Odds*

Germany 1/3
Draw 4/1
Northern Ireland 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 7th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)


Northern Ireland News and Form

The wins that Northern Ireland have taken in the group happened against Estonia and Belarus, the two easiest opponents. But still, the points had to be collected and that is just what they have done so far. It at least allows Northern Ireland to stick in there and get a draw out of this game and leave themselves still in a pretty good position to make a run at automatic qualification. Can the Irish raise their game in this tougher match?

Northern Ireland weren’t in qualification action on Friday, instead, they played out a 1-0 low key home friendly win over Luxembourg on Thursday. That puts them on to a five-match winning streak (competitive and friendly) and that is decent momentum from them, regardless of the opposition. Northern Ireland had lost all four of their Nations League matches and had been on a run of one win in eight fixtures before this upswing. Northern Ireland are undefeated in their last seven home European Championship qualifiers (W5 D2).

Northern Ireland v Germany Head to Head

Germany won both meetings in 2018 World Cup qualifying
Northern Ireland are on a seven-match losing streak against Germany
Germany are W7 D3 L0 in the head to head against Northern Ireland
Both teams have scored in one of the last six meetings

Germany News and Form

Germany had a chance on Friday night to really take control of their own destiny in this qualification group. They had won their opening three games of the campaign, but despite taking the lead at home against the Netherlands on Friday, they ended up suffering a 4-2 defeat against the Dutch.

So that leaves Die Mannschaft three points behind leaders Northern Ireland, with the Netherlands three points behind them. The Dutch have played a game less than Germany has. So Germany have to step it up again and from this point can’t really afford to drop more points. It is a W3 D1 L1 record that Germany have produced in their five games since the end of the Nations League.

Surprisingly the draw and the loss in that sequence happened on home soil. Germany have won away in the Netherlands and in Belarus so far in this group. Three of their four group stage games have gone over 4.5 goals. Germany have won six of their last eight European Championship away qualifiers, scoring at least two goals in each of those successes in the sequence.

Northern Ireland v Germany Tips & Odds

Under 2.5 goals at 6/5
Half time Draw at 6/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 7th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)

Who will win – Northern Ireland v Germany Predictions

Northern Ireland will be back at full strength for this one. Given Germany’s wobbles against the Dutch, they may be a little anxious. We are going to suggest that Northern Ireland can at least stick in there and be level at the half time break. However, we expect Germany to find a win to come up with a response to that home defeat against the Dutch.

8th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Northern Ireland v Luxembourg Prediction & Betting Tips, 5th September 2019

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Northern Ireland v Luxembourg International Friendly Preview, 5th September 7.45pm

Before they resume with their Euro 2020 qualifiers, Northern Ireland will warm up with a friendly against Luxembourg on Thursday night. The Irish have made a wonderful start to the qualification campaign and after this game, they will get back into competitive action against Germany. Read our Northern Ireland v Luxembourg betting tips for more.

Northern Ireland v Luxembourg Betting Odds*

Northern Ireland 1/2
Draw 10/3
Luxembourg 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 3rd, 2019 at 5:15 p.m.)


Northern Ireland News and Form

Northern Ireland have won all four of their Euro 2020 qualifiers so far so are sitting in a very strong position to reach the Finals. They will pick up with a home game against Germany in a battle for top spot next Monday. So this midweek action against Luxembourg will be a little warm-up action for them.

Condensing that Northern Ireland had won just one of eight games before this current four-match winning streak, their current form is quite remarkable. Northern Ireland’s record in friendly matches since 2018 is W2 D2 L1. Two of those games were on home soil and the Irish won both of those. They are on a three-match winning streak in home friendly matches actually, with a clean sheet in two of those.

Northern Ireland v Luxembourg Head to Head

The overall head to head is even at one win each and one draw
Luxembourg took four points against Nothern Ireland in World Cup 2014 qualification
Both teams have scored in all three previous meetings

Luxembourg News and Form

Luxembourg have taken four points from their opening four games of Euro 2020 qualification, which is probably better than expected considering the group that they are in. They are in Group B alongside Ukraine, Serbia and Portugal (and Lithuania). All four of their points came from their two fixtures against Lithuania.

Luzemrbroug are on a four-match winless streak at the moment (D2 L2) and have claimed the one win in their last seven played (competitive and friendly). They do have a pretty decent record going in friendly matches at the moment. Luxembourg are W3 D2 L1 in their last seven. Their record in their last seven friendly away games is W1 D1 L5.

Northern Ireland v Luxembourg Tips & Odds

Northern Ireland to win to nil at 5/4
1-0 Correct Score Northern Ireland 9/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 3rd, 2019 at 5:15 p.m.)

Who will win – Northern Ireland v Luxembourg Predictions

The Irish should collect the win here but it will probably be a low-key, low-excitement affair. The real action for Northern Ireland comes against Germany on Monday. That’s what they are gearing up for a will want to save themselves for that. Home win to nil.

4th September 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Belarus v Northern Ireland Prediction & Betting Tips, 11th June 2019

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Belarus v Northern Ireland Euro 2020 qualifiers Preview, 11th June 7.45pm

Northern Ireland made it three wins from three at the start of Eeuro 2020 qualification with a win over Estonia on Saturday. It’s back into action out on the road for them as they visit Belarus. Belarus are bottom without a point. The Irish need to continue taking maximum points ahead of much bigger tests to come. Read our Belarus v Northern Ireland betting tips for more.

Belarus v Northern Ireland Betting Odds*

Northern Ireland 13/8
Belarus 9/5
Draw 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.)


Belarus News and Form

Belarus are on a three-match losing streak at the moment after a 2-0 home loss against Germany on the weekend. That is eight goals that they have conceded in their three Euro 2020 qualification matches so far. Belarus had been on a good seven-match unbeaten streak of form before these qualifiers. That was from the Nations League where they were facing much weaker opposition than what they are coming up against in this group.

Belarus are W2 D1 L1 in their last four home games but came up a long way short of looking any kind of threat again Germany on Saturday. They have scored just one goal in their last three games now, which was in their 2-1 loss at Northern Ireland in their second qualification match of this campaign. The bonus for them is that they won their Nations League group so are at least guaranteed a Euro 2020 qualification play-off place. They aren’t likely to break the top two in this group.

Belarus v Northern Ireland Head to Head

Belarus lost 2-1 in Belfast earlier in this qualification campaign
This will be the first meeting between the two nations in Belarus

Northern Ireland News and Form

The Irish are on a three-match winning streak at the moment. That is crucial to their qualification hopes. They have to win all of these games against the weaker group opponents. That is because they are going to have big games against the Netherlands and Germany in the group to come. Northern Ireland don’t have the cushion of having earned a qualification play-off place via the Nations League, so have to book a top-two finish in this group. That’s going to be mightily tough.

But this still will have lifted their spirits. They had lost four of their previous six games (W1 D1) before the start of the Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They will want their defence to tighten up against because they have taken just one clean sheet in their last four games. As a positive in attack, they have scored exactly two goals in each of the last three games. The away form of the Irish isn’t great as they are only W1 D1 L2 in their last four games out on the road, failing to score in three of those.

Belarus v Northern Ireland Tips & Odds

Both teams NOT to score at 4/6
Northern Ireland on goal winning margin at 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.)

Who will win – Belarus v Northern Ireland Predictions

Belarus are out of form and Northern Ireland know that their qualification hopes are going to be hugely dependent on them getting maximum points from games like this. They do have a bit of wind in their sails. Northern Ireland to win.

10th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Estonia v Northern Ireland Prediction & Betting Tips, 8th June 2019

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Estonia v Northern Ireland Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 8th June 7.45pm

Northern Ireland are heading up Group C of Euro 2020 qualification after having got two games under their belt. They will guarantee that they stay there if they were to collect a win over Estonia this weekend. They have already beaten them in the campaign. Estonia will be looking to bag their first goals and first points of this qualification campaign. Read our Estonia v Northern Ireland betting tips for more.

Estonia v Northern Ireland Betting Odds*

Northern Ireland 10/11
Draw 21/10
Estonia 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)


Estonia News and Form

Estonia suffered a 2-0 defeat against Northern Ireland in their one and only qualification match played. Their current form should not exactly worry Northern Ireland all that much as they have lost five of their last ten games played (W3 D2). It’s worth noting that their wins in that sequence were against Greece, Finland and Gibraltar, and the last two were both friendly matches. Estonia have produced just the one goal in their last three games now, that coming in their 1-0 win over Gibraltar.

Estonia had a bit of a rough time in the Nations League, to say the least. They finished bottom of their group after losing four of their six games. They were alongside Finals, Hungary and Greece in that group, Estonia failing to score in four of the six fixtures. Of Course, they were never expected to be a big threat in their Euro 2020 qualification group.

Estonia v Northern Ireland Head to Head

Northern Ireland beat Estonia 2-0 back in March in the first meeting
The Irish lead the head to head W3 L2 against Estonia
The last meeting in Estonia ended in a 4-1 home win
Estonia have won two of the last three competitive meetings

Northern Ireland News and Form

Northern Ireland have two wins from two under their belt. They were both home wins over Estonia and Belarus. Those were important wins against some of the weaker opposition in Group C. Things will start getting a lot tougher because the Irish still have to deal with meeting Germany and the Netherlands. So it is crucial that the Irish don’t drop any points in these easier games. The two wins that they recorded at the start of this campaign saw them shake off some poor form.

They were W1 D1 L4 in their six games prior to the start of Euro 2020 qualification. They failed to get a single point from their four games in the Nations League and managed just two goals in total in their fixtures against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. While Northern Ireland are not a free-scoring side they have managed to take a clean sheet in three of their last six fixtures. It is obviously going to be a trickier night for them out on the road in Estonia than it was at Windsor Park against them, but still, it should be a manageable fixture for the Irish.

Estonia v Northern Ireland Tips & Odds

Northern Ireland to win to nil at 7/4
Under 1.5 goals at 11/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)

Who will win – Estonia v Northern Ireland Predictions

Estonia are not a real threat and the Irish handled themselves well enough against them in their first meeting. It’s hard to see Northern Ireland slipping up in this one after what has been a positive start to qualification. Northern Ireland to win.

5th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Northern Ireland v Belarus Prediction & Betting Tips, 24th March 2019

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Northern Ireland v Belarus Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 24th March 7.45pm

Northern Ireland will be looking to make it two wins from two at the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They produced a solid home victory over Estonia in midweek and they will welcome Belarus on the weekend. Read our Northern Ireland v Belarus betting tips for more.

Northern Ireland v Belarus Betting Odds*

Northern Ireland 7/10
Draw 5/2
Belarus 17/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.)


Northern Ireland v Belarus Preview

Goals from Niall McGinn and Steven Davis gave Northern Ireland the 2-0 home victory over Estonia in Belfast on Thursday night. That was the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. Northern Ireland really have to use these easier home games in the group to get some early momentum going in the qualification process. There will be bigger challenges to come in the form of the Netherlands and Germany in this tough group. The win over Estonia gave Northern Ireland a big lift, after having lost all four of their UEFA Nations League matches.

Before the game against Estonia, Northern Ireland had only scored three goals in eight competitive fixtures. Against Estonia, they looked as if they were struggling to put the ball in the back of the net despite plenty of possession and attacking threat. They did manage to get it together in the second half, so will be looking to drive towards making it six points from six at the start of this qualification campaign. Just once before have Belarus made a visit to Belfast, which was an international friendly in 2016 back Northern Ireland took a 3-0 victory in.

Belarus had a poor start to their Euro 2020 qualification campaign as they lost 4-0 in the Netherlands on Thursday night. They did manage to collect the group win in their Nations League campaign though, so they have already secured at least the play-off spot in the Euro 2020 qualification process through that route. This is a tough group to get automatic qualification from, so the playoffs are going to be very handy for the Belarusians.

Belarus have collected 14 wins from their previous 59 European Championship qualifying fixtures. Before they went to the Netherlands in midweek, Belarus were undefeated in three away games, winning the previous two against Luxembourg and San Marino. This is a much bigger step up in terms of the level of competition and intensity. During their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign, Belarus finished bottom of their group with only one win in the group.

Who will win – Northern Ireland v Belarus Predictions

Northern Ireland were comfortable enough against Estonia with only a bit of finishing quality going amiss at times. With plenty of attacking intent they should be able to pick up another three points in this fixture. Northern Ireland to win at 13/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.)

22nd March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Northern Ireland v Estonia Prediction & Betting Tips, 21st March 2019

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Northern Ireland v Estonia Euro 2020 Qualifiers Preview, 21st March 7.45pm

With Northern Ireland landing in a group alongside the Netherlands and Germany, it is going to be imperative that they don’t drop points in games like this. The Irish open in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign on Thursday night against Estonia. Read our Northern Ireland v Estonia betting tips for more.

Northern Ireland v Estonia Betting Odds*

Northern Ireland 9/20
Draw 11/4
Estonia 8/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)


Northern Ireland v Estonia Preview

The Irish need a bit of an upturn in form as they have lost four of their last six internationals (W1 D1). They struggled in the Nations League against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Austria. From their four games played against those two opponents, Northern Ireland failed to get a single point and only scored twice in the four games. The two goals that they did get were both at home so that is some kind of positive ahead of this fixture with Estonia. Northern Ireland have won two of their last three played on home soil, beating South Korea and Israel in friendly matches. The Irish have failed to score in three of their last four games, home and away. The last time they met Estonia was back in the Euro 2012 qualification campaign, and Northern Ireland suffered a 2-1 shock home defeat against them.

It was not a great Nations League campaign that Estonia put together either. They finished bottom of their group which means they drop all the way down into League D for the next time. In their six matches in the group, they lost four of them (W1 D1) and that was against Finland, Hungary and Greece. The two defeats which they took away from home at Hungary and Greece, Estonia failed to score in. However overall their form has been a little bit improved recently with two wins and a draw in their last three played. The victories in that sequence were over Greece and Finland. In total Estonia have only suffered one defeat in their last five home and away. The two wins in that sequence of five games were both away from home as well, so will they be able to challenge Northern Ireland? Estonia have scored in two of their last five away games only.

Who will win – Northern Ireland v Estonia Predictions

There should be enough here to back Northern Ireland to win to nil at even money odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.). The Irish can’t afford to go dropping points on home soil.

19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting

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Euro 2020 qualifying – predictions & betting odds

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The 2020 European Championships will certainly bring something a little different to the table. That is because for the first ever it will be hosted across numerous different nations. Twelve of them in fact. So Euro 2020 is going to be quite the spectacle with Wembley playing host to the semi-finals and the final.

The Euro 2020 draw was made in early December 2018 for the qualification process. Here we take a look at the road ahead as the participating nations try and make it to Euro 2020.

Euro 2020 Winner Odds*

France 4/1
Spain 6/1
Germany 6/1
Belgium 15/2
England 8/1
Italy 14/1
Portugal 16/1
Netherlands 16/1
Croatia 16/1
Switzerland 50/1
Denmark 50/1
Russia 66/1
Wales 66/1
Austria 66/1
Bar 80/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

Nations League Influence

The bad news for reigning European Champions Portugal is that there is no automatic place at Euro 2020. It has to be earned. All 55 nations will go through the qualification process with the top two from each of the ten groups booking an automatic spot at the Finals. That leaves four spots up for grabs. Those will be filled through a play-off format for teams qualifying through the back door of the Nations League.

A team winning a Nations League Group (Scotland for example) automatically earn a place in the playoffs, if they don’t happen to qualify automatically from their Euro 2020 Qualification Group. There is one separate playoff tournament (consisting of four teams each) for each of the four leagues from the Nations League. The mini-playoff tournaments will produce the last four Euro 2020 finalists.

The other influence that the Nations League had was for each of the four group winners from League A. Those winners, Switzerland Portugal, Netherlands and England (who will be appearing in the 2019 Nations League Finals), started the Euro 2020 qualification draw in a separate pot. That means that each of them go in a qualification group consisting of five teams. The other six qualification groups all house six teams each. That’s to ensure that the dates stay free so the four of them can play the Nations League Finals. It’s basically to save those four nations from extra workload.

Group A

England 1/6
Czech Republic 6/1
Montenegro 12/1
Bulgaria 16/1
Kosovo 25/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

England go in a group of five then and they are 1/6 favourites to claim the win in this group* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm). It’s not too hard to see why really. There is really little to oppose them going forward. The Three Lions should be strong enough from their home performances alone to get the job completed. After their run to the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup this is still about development and progress for Gareth Southgate’s men. They are generally more than reliable enough in major tournament qualifying to back. It looks like a straight duel between Montenegro and the Czech Republic for the second spot. Both finished third in their respective World Cup 2018 qualifying groups and in the Nations League, they both managed to retain their respective statuses in League 2 and League 3 respectively.

Group B

Portugal 4/6
Serbia 5/2
Ukraine 4/1
Lithuania 66/1
Luxembourg 250/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

It is of course highly unlikely that Lithuania or Luxembourg are going to be anywhere near the top two at the end of this group. Aside from that, there are three teams going to be trying to squeeze into two slots. Portugal are the outright favourites at 4/6 to win the group* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 8:11 pm) but Serbia and Ukraine are threats here. Ukraine particularly had a strong nations league while Serbia moved up a tier in winning their group. Serbia won their World Cup 2018 qualification group over Ireland, Wales and Austria. This is going to be tough, but Portugal should have the quality to top out the group, but the other two will make it very interesting.

Group C

Germany 4/9
Netherlands 13/8
Northern Ireland 33/1
Belarus 100/1
Estonia 200/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

Old rivals Netherlands and Germany will get to meet each other again, just as they did in the Nations League recently. It was the Dutch who came out on top in that particular scrap as they took a very good four points off the Germans on their way to winning the group. Germany have been in a bit of a decline after such a poor 2018 World Cup too. Still, it is Dutch are who are 13/8 second favourites to win this group* (betting odds taken from Betfred on December 11th, 2018 at 8:11 pm) behind the Germans despite all that. There’s a tough battle then for Northern Ireland ahead to try and muscle their way through.

Group D

Switzerland even money
Denmark 6/5
Ireland 11/2
Georgia 200/1
Gibraltar 1000/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

Straight off the bat, it is a three-way battle for the top two spots in this group. Of the three it is Ireland who are the least likely to get automatic qualification here. They have been having a tough time of things and while they will have a new manager for this qualification process, there appears to be a long way back for them after suffering relegation in the Nations League. It’s actually tough to split Switzerland and Denmark here in the race for top spot. We would probably just shade the extra strengths and depth of the Swiss. They should have extra confidence being a Nations League finalist.

Group E

Croatia 4/9
Wales 3/1
Slovakia 8/1
Hungary 20/1
Azerbaijan 66/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

The Welsh won’t be too unhappy with what is in front of them in Euro 2020 qualification. While there are always tricky away games in Europe to deal with, in this case, Hungary and Slovakia. However, the Dragons should be competitive enough to get into the picture for the top two here. Croatia, the 2018 World Cup runners-up are the 4/9 favourites to clinch the group* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 8:11 pm). It’s hard to see any of the others really doing enough to prevent them from doing so at the end of the day.

Group F

Spain 2/9
Sweden 13/2
Romania 11/1
Norway 12/1
Faroe Islands 50/1
Malta 1000/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

This looks on paper at least, to be a pretty straightforward affair to predict. Spain are the red-hot odds-on favourites to claim the top spot. Realistically only Sweden are going to be strong enough to mount any kind of threat against them, but even with that said it’s hard to see them doing enough to stop Spain topping the pile. Frankly, Norway, Romania and Sweden all look as if they are capable of taking points off of each other here. But the Swedes are the ones who look the most likely to book themselves a top two finish.

Group G

Poland 11/10
Austria 6/5
Slovenia 11/1
Israel 14/1
Macedonia 50/1
Latvia 100/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

You can chop the bottom three in the Group G winner market out of the equation. When while Slovenia are likely to be a difficult side to beat on home soil, they don’t look a big enough of a threat to go and steal a top two place from either Poland or Austria. So if it boils down to a contest between those two for top spot who gets it? Frankly, because Poland were surprisingly poor in the Nations League it may be worth opposing them in favour of Austria at 6/5 odds* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 8:11 pm)

Group H

France 1/6
Turkey 13/2
Iceland 10/1
Albania 50/1
Moldova 100/1
Andorra 1000/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

It would surprise absolutely no one if France go out and win this group. That looks a pretty dead-cert if ever there was one. But what about behind them in the race for the second spot? Iceland have had a really tough year and the side that you saw at Euro 2016 and which qualified for the 2018 World Cup has fallen apart. Turkey are so unpredictable of a side though it’s hard to throw a lot of confidence at either of them. Just because Turkey have better depth available to them and will be difficult opponents on home soil, they should join France in the top two.

Group I

Belgium 2/9
Russia 7/2
Scotland 14/1
Cyprus 80/1
Kazakhstan 150/1
San Marino 500/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

What a difficult group this is going to be for the Scottish. They managed to win their Nations League group so even if they don’t get in the top two here they will have a Euro 2020 playoff spot. That is because of their Nations League performance. That may turn out to be a blessing for them. Belgium should storm away with the group win in his one and even though Russia aren’t much more than average, they should produce enough to lock down a top-two finish.

Group J

Italy 1/3
Bosnia 4/1
Greece 9/1
Finland 16/1
Armenia 100/1
Liechtenstein 200/1
* (betting odds taken from Coral on December 11th, 2018 at 10:52 pm)

Italy are still rebuilding, looking at their youth and a whole new system under Roberto Mancini. We saw glimpses of better things from them at the Nations League and while they aren’t a major force at the moment, this is an easy group for them to win. Bosnia won their Nations League group and could throw down a bit of a challenge. Either way, the top two should be between those two. There aren’t enough goals among the other group occupants to expect anyone else to come through and upset the apple cart. As with most of the Euro 2020 qualification groups, it looks pretty predictable.

12th December 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Northern Ireland v Austria Prediction & Betting Tips, November 18th 2018

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Northern Ireland v Austria Nations League Preview, November 18th 5.00pm

B3 of the Nations League has drawn to a bit of anticlimax. Austria picked up a draw against group leaders Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday night and that means the places are settled. Unfortunately for Northern Ireland that means bottom spot for them and relegation after having lost their opening three games. Can they sign off in style with a home win though? Read our Northern Ireland v Austria betting tips for more.

Northern Ireland v Austria Betting Odds*

Austria even money
Draw 5/2
Northern Ireland 12/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 15th, 2018 at 1.12 p.m.)


Northern Ireland News and Form

Northern Ireland’s hopes of surviving in the second tier of the Nations league have come to an end. They have already been relegated from their group after Austria got a point against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday. What that has done at least has taken any pressure off them for this game. So maybe they can turn that into a positive and get a result. Northern Ireland have not scored in their last three games though and both teams have scored in just one of their last five games. Both teams not to score is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm).

It’s hard not to expect a low-scoring game coming up. Over the last five games, Northern Ireland are W1 L1 L3 so are out of form and in their last dozen fixtures, they have collected just the two wins (D3 L7). The Irish have failed to net in their last two games against Austria. Under 2.5 goals is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Northern Ireland played out a 0-0 draw with Ireland in midweek as a warm-up for this one.

Northern Ireland v Austria Head to Head

This will be the fifth meeting between the two nations
Austria are W2 D2 up in the head to head
Austria have won the last two against Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland have failed to score in their last two against Austria

Austria News and Form

This group is completely settled because Austria won’t move from second place regardless of what happens in this game. They have come up with only the one goal in their last four fixtures and that’s just another indicator that this fixture is likely to be short on goals. The one goal that they have come up with in their last four games was in their 1-0 success over Northern Ireland in the Nations League. A 0-0 correct score option is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 16th, 2018 at 4:29 pm). Austria’s form over their last six games is W2 D1 L3.

It has been a bit of a surprising dip in form and that is because they were on a seven-match winning streak before that. None of Austria’s last five games has seen both teams score in a fixture. Austria are on a two-match losing streak out on their travels, again without having scored. Austria’s three Nations League games have produced just the two goals in total. With nothing at stake left in the game for either of these two then you get the feeling that the fixture may struggle to get up a big head of steam in terms of excitement.

Who will win – Northern Ireland v Austria Predictions

There is nothing at stake now in this one. Austria can’t win the group, Northern Ireland can’t avoid relegation. So everyone will finish as they were and because of that the only outcome that we can predict is the draw really.

17th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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Ireland v Northern Ireland Prediction & Betting Tips, 15th November 2018

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Ireland v Northern Ireland International Friendly Preview, 15th November 7.45pm

Both sides can be forgiven if they are going to be a bit distracted in this game. Before they both return to Nations League action they could both find themselves relegated from their respective groups. So they will all be keeping one eye on that at least. Can anyone come up with a winner in this fixture? Read our Ireland v Northern Ireland betting tips for more.

Ireland v Northern Ireland Betting Odds*

Ireland 11/10
Draw 11/5
Northern Ireland 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 12th, 2018 at 1:52 p.m.)


Ireland News and Form

It has been a tough period of results for Ireland who have failed to win any of their last four games with a D2 L2 record. They have only produced the one victory in their last nine games overall too (D3 L5). So they could really do with the lift of a win in this one, but they have failed to even score in four of their last six as well. Both teams not to score is at 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on November 12th, 2018 at 4:59 pm). They have, however, scored in all but one of their last four home games played against Northern Ireland.

In the head to head between Ireland v Northern Ireland, it is Ireland who are ahead with a W4 D4 L2 record. They have only suffered the one defeat in their last eight games against Northern Ireland so that is a positive for them. With neither of these two carrying much form, then under 2.5 goals is at 11/20 odds* (betting odds taken on November 12th, 2018 at 4:59 pm). Ireland have three clean sheets in their last four games against Northern Ireland. Ireland have won one of their last four home games (W1 D2 L1). If Denmark take at least a point against Wales on Friday night, Ireland will find themselves relegated from their Nations League group.

Northern Ireland News and Form

Northern Ireland too then are out of form as well with three losses having been suffered in their last four games. When they get back Nations League action on November 18th against Austria, they could have already been relegated unless the Austrians lose against Bosnia in the meantime. Northern Ireland have failed to score in seven of their last ten. In the correct score market an Ireland 1-0 is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 12th, 2018 at 4:59 pm)

Northern Ireland have managed to win just two of their last eleven fixtures, losing seven of those, so have been struggling for a while. This will be their first meeting with Ireland since 2011, but the last time that they played in Dublin, which was back in 1999, they did get a 1-0 away win on the board. Kyle Lafferty is back in the Northern Ireland squad after his absence from the last two games. They also get back Seamus Coleman and Robbie Brady so have experienced heads returning to the fold.

Who will win – Ireland v Northern Ireland Predictions

The importance of the upcoming Nations League games is likely going to take the shine off this one. There’s no need for either to go full tilt at this and both will be looking ahead to those competitive fixtures. A Dublin draw looks likely.

13th November 2018 / lee - Category: International Football Betting

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