Expect A Cagey First Leg When Northern Ireland And Switzerland Clash At Windsor Park

There is plenty at stake at Windsor Park in Belfast on Thursday night as Northern Ireland take on Switzerland in the first leg of their 2018 World Cup play-off. Expect a tight and nervy affair as neither side will want to give too much away...

  • At least one team has failed to score in nine of Northern Ireland's ten World Cup qualifiers
  • Switzerland kept six clean sheets in the group stages
  • Northern Ireland kept four clean sheets in five qualifiers at Windsor Park (only Germany managed to score)

Thursday 9th November - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Northern Ireland v Switzerland    
Tips Under 1.5 goals    Best Bet @ 7 / 5  

How They Got Here

Northern Ireland are being massively underrated by bookmakers as they are 9/2 for the win as they bid to reach the World Cup finals for the first time since 1986. This is a team that finished runners up to Germany in Group C, winning six, drawing one and losing three of their matches in the process.

They are a solid unit that is more than capable of making life difficult for Switzerland, who saw their 100% record in qualifying ended by a 2-0 defeat in Portugal that ultimately saw them finish as runners up in their group. The Swiss are 13/10 favourites, although is the draw which is as stand-out bet at 5/2 with Betfred.
Match Odds:

Low Scoring

The Swiss will be happy with a draw in Belfast as they will look to get the job done on home soil and they are a capable team defensively, as exhibited by their six clean sheets in qualifying.

Meanwhile, Northern Ireland won four of their five home games to nil in qualifying (only Germany managed to score at Windsor Park) and O'Neill has said in the build-up to this first leg that "the most important thing is we don't concede an away goal".

'Safety First' is very much the motto for both teams and under 1.5 goals is 7/5 (Betfair), while clicking 'No' in the 'both teams to score' bracket is 13/20 (which is a bet that paid out in nine of Northern Ireland's ten group games!).

With neither side offering much to suggest that they're going to go gung-ho, the 0-0 correct score is looking extremely tempting at 11/2 (Betfred.com).

Posted: Wednesday, 8th November 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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