Northern Ireland v Lithuania betting tips: Chance for home cheer
Preview and odds for Friday’s World Cup qualifier
Northern Ireland are clear favourites to secure a second win in World Cup qualifying on Friday and we have studied the odds to pick out some possible Northern Ireland v Lithuania betting tips.
Their only victory so far came in the reverse fixture in September and Ian Baraclough’s men will be keen to pick up three more points before hosting Italy three days later.
Friday’s match at Windsor Park kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on Sky Sports.
Northern Ireland v Lithuania match odds
It has been a disappointing campaign for Northern Ireland but they should at least do the double over Lithuania and are 4/9 for victory.
They claimed a 4-1 win in Vilnius two months ago so will be hoping the goals flow once more, having only scored one more goal in their other five qualifiers.
The home fans have had little to cheer, with the Windsor Park qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland both ending goalless.
A home win to nil is an option for Northern Ireland v Lithuania betting tips at 21/20 or they are 29/10 for victory but to concede against a team that surprisingly beat Bulgaria 3-1 last month but were then thrashed 4-0 by Switzerland.
Northern Ireland v Lithuania head-to-head
Shayne Lavery and Daniel Ballard scored their first international goals as Northern Ireland enjoyed a 4-1 win in Lithuania in the only previous meeting between these teams.
Ballard’s first-half strike was followed by a Conor Washington penalty but Lithuania soon pulled one back and were only denied an equaliser by a penalty save from Bailey Peacock-Farrell (pictured).
Lavery’s goal on his first competitive start was a decisive third and there was time for Paddy McNair to add a fourth from the spot which sealed Baraclough’s first competitive win inside 90 minutes a year after his first game in charge.
Northern Ireland v Lithuania key battles
Northern Ireland’s victory was achieved without the likes of Jonny Evans, Stuart Dallas and Josh Magennis so they should have a stronger team out on Friday.
Evans continues to battle a long-standing foot injury and will be treated with caution but the Leicester defender could start.
Dallas is yet to score for club or country this season, after netting eight goals for Leeds last season, and can be backed at 10/3 to end his drought in Northern Ireland v Lithuania betting tips.
Northern Ireland will need to keep an eye on midfielder Fedor Cernych, who scored two of Lithuania’s three goals against Bulgaria.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication