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Top Two Predictions for Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland
Luxembourg play host to Northern Ireland on Friday for an international friendly that should prove to be a decent test for both countries. The last time the two nations locked horns, in 2019, Northern Ireland ran out 1-0 winners and we're expecting another tight and tense 90-minutes between the pair.
BTTS – No
When these two teams last went head-to-head only one goal was scored and it went the way of Northern Ireland and we're expecting another low-scoring game on Friday as neither country is renowned for their goalscoring ability. Both teams have scored in just one of Luxembourg's last four outings while just one of Northern Ireland's last six matches have produced goals at both ends of the pitch, which is why we're not backing both teams to score in this game.
Under 2.5 Goals
Under 2.5 goals have been scored in two of the last four meetings between these two nations and we're predicting another tight and tense affair on Friday. Five of Northern Ireland's last six international matches have witnessed fewer than three goals scored, while Luxembourg have failed to score in three of their last four outings. The visitors are the favourites but head into the game with some of their key attacking talents as Washington, Lafferty and Boyce are all absent for one reason or another.
Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland: Stats, Markets & Odds
Tight and tense 90-minutes expected at the Stade de Luxembourg
Luxembourg played host to the Republic of Ireland in their final qualifying game back in November. The first half ended goalless but once Duffy put the visitors in front in the 67th-minute, the floodgates opened. Ogbene and Robinson added further goals to wrap up a 3-0 victory for the Irish. Luxembourg have now lost five of their last six international matches but did pick up a win away at Azerbaijan just before that defeat to the Republic of Ireland.
Luxembourg Predicted Lineup – Schon, Chanot, Jans, Pinto, Selimović, Martins, Thill, Barreiro, Rodrigues, Sinani & Sanches
Northern Ireland put in a very solid and brave performance at home to Italy last time out, holding the former World and European champions to a goalless draw at Windsor Park. That result is something the team will be looking to build upon but the Northern Irish players can be guilty of playing too negative at times and not scoring enough goals.
Northern Ireland Predicted Lineup – Peacock-Farrell, McNair, Cathcart, Flanagan, Dallas, Ferguson, Davis, Saville, Whyte, McCann & Magennis
Luxembourg: Malget, Gerson, Skenderovic, Philipps, da Mota and Bensi have not been selected for the latest squad.
Northern Ireland: Evans, Lewis, Smith, McLaughlin, Jones, Washington, Lafferty and Boyce all miss out for the visitors.
Your Questions for Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland
- Who are the favourites to win? – Northern Ireland are the bookmaker's choice to win.
- What was the score when these two teams last met? – Northern Ireland 1-0 Luxembourg, 05/09/19.
- What time is kick-off? – 19:45 GMT, 20:45 CET.