Northern Ireland vs Belarus Match Info
Date: Sunday 24th March 2019
Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast
Northern Ireland vs Belarus Match Stats
- Northern Ireland earned their first win in eight competitive games on Thursday
- Belarus on the other hand lost their first game in seven in Thursday evening
- This is only the second ever meeting between these two European nations
Northern Ireland vs Belarus Head-to-Head
27 May 2016 – Northern Ireland 3-0 Belarus – International Friendly
Full Head-to-Head Record:
Northern Ireland wins: 1
Belarus wins: 0
Northern Ireland vs Belarus Match Preview
Northern Ireland have enjoyed some of their best years under the stewardship of current manager Michael O’Neill. The relatively small nation ended a long wait to qualify for a major international tournament by qualifying for the European Championships in France back in 2016 and they even managed to make it out of the group stages, but they then missed out on the World Cup in Russia last summer after losing to Switzerland in the play-offs.
After being handed a tough UEFA Nations League group alongside Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Green and White Army finished bottom of their group without managing to register a single point but they did return to competitive action with a bang on Thursday night by opening their qualifying account with a comfortable 2-0 win over Estonia. Can they follow that up with another victory at Windsor Park at odds of 7/10 with Bet365.
Belarus have never managed to qualify for an international tournament since their first attempt as an independent nation in 1996. However, they have started to improve in recent years, aided no doubt by the progression shown by BATE Borisov in European football, the White Wings have started to show their ability against some of the weaker teams in Europe in the last twelve months and come into this fixture having lost only two of their last 12 games.
In a difficult four-team group in the Nations League, Igor Kriushenko’s men managed to drop only four points in finishing unbeaten at the top of their group and securing a play-off spot for Euro 2020 qualifying minimum. That is likely to come in handy after their first actual qualifier on Thursday night resulted in a 4-0 hammering at the hands of Belarus. You can back them to cause an upset in Belfast at odds of 9/2 with PaddyPower.
We’re backing a low-scoring game here. Even in their better performances in the Nations League, Belarus focused on remaining tight defensively before going forward and actually managed to pick up six consecutive clean sheets in the competition. Under Michael O’Neill, Northern Ireland have been known for their ability to keep their shape and that often leads to low-scoring affairs. Under 1.5 goals look good to us at 11/8 Bet365 and if that bet is to come in and the favourites to earn the points then 1-0 at 18/5 with William Hill represents good value too.
Northern Ireland vs Belarus Betting Tips
Under 1.5 goals @ 11/8 Bet365.
Northern Ireland to win 1-0 @ 18/5 with William Hill
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