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Lithuania v Northern Ireland betting tips: Hosts a tough nut to crack

| 31.08.2021
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Preview and odds for Thursday’s World Cup qualifier

Northern Ireland travel to Lithuania as they continue their World Cup qualifying campaign so we have looked at the odds to find some Lithuania v Northern Ireland betting tips.

Ian Baraclough’s side face an uphill battle to reach the World Cup having gained one point from their two games thus far while Lithuania still seek their first point in qualification Group C.

Thursday’s match, which takes place at the LFF Stadium, Vilnius, kicks off at 7.45pm BST.

Lithuania v Northern Ireland match odds

With Italy and Switzerland taking maximum points from their opening games in Group C, Northern Ireland face a must-win clash on Thursday if they are to have any chance of reaching next winter’s World Cup finals in Qatar.

Baraclough’s side are 5/6 favourites to win in Vilnius, despite losing their opening game to Italy (2-0) and drawing with Bulgaria (0-0) back in March.

Since a run of five consecutive wins in World Cup qualifiers – all without conceding a goal – Northern Ireland are winless in six such matches (D2 L4) and haven’t scored in any of their last five.

It is 11/4 Lithuania records a clean sheet in the Lithuania v Northern Ireland betting tips.

Yet two wins in six days, at Lithuania and at home to Switzerland (September 8), could put a completely different complexion on the group.

While Lithuania have lost their last six matches in all competitions since beating Kazakhstan in their final match of 2020, they will be no pushovers.

They were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Switzerland in St Gallen before second-half goals, including a penalty in the fourth minute of added time, put a shine on an 2-0 Italian win at the LFF Stadium.

Lithuania are 15/4 to win this clash against a nation that has won just one of its last 15 matches in all competitions (D5 L9). The draw is on offer at 23/10.

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Lithuania v Northern Ireland head-to-head

Northern Ireland are unbeaten in two previous meetings (W1 D1).

The last clash came in May 1993 in a World Cup qualifier, with Northern Ireland winning 1-0 in Vilnius with Iain Dowie scoring the winner. They previously shared a 2-2 draw at Windsor Park.

Lithuania haven’t led for a single minute in any of their last nine qualifying matches for the European Championship/World Cup and it is 8/13 the visitors score the first goal.

Lithuania v Northern Ireland team news

Leicester’s influential 91-cap defender Jonny Evans has not travelled with the Northern Ireland squad and is still recovering from a foot injury sustained in the FA Cup final in May.

Brother Corry also remains a doubt having missed Sunderland’s last two matches with a hamstring injury.

Lithuania v Northern Ireland key battles

Scoring goals has been a big problem for Valdas Ivanauskas (pictured above) as his Lithuania side have managed to net just three times in their last nine games.

They have failed to score in seven of those but it is 11/10 for both sides to net this time in the Lithuania v Northern Ireland betting tips.

Northern Ireland have conceded at least once in 12 of their last 14 matches and are winless in their previous 14 competitive matches (D5 L9) since a 1-0 win at Belarus in a European Championship qualifier in June 2019.

Baraclough’s side are 21/20 to keep a clean sheet while they are 7/2 to win but concede.

View the latest World Cup qualifying odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Simon Milham