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Northern Ireland v Switzerland betting tips: Swiss can be breached

| 06.09.2021
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Preview and odds for Wednesday’s World Cup qualifier

Northern Ireland face a crucial World Cup qualifier against Switzerland so we have looked at the odds find some Northern Ireland v Switzerland betting tips.

Ian Baraclough’s Northern Ireland gained a valuable 1-0 win in Estonia to boost their chances of reaching the World Cup finals in Qatar next winter, while Switzerland have seven points from three games after a draw at home to Italy left them second in Group C.

Wednesday’s match, which takes place at Windsor Park, Belfast, kicks off at 7.45pm.

Northern Ireland v Switzerland match odds

Italy and Switzerland took maximum points from their opening two games in Group C and something had to give in Basel on Sunday.

European champions Italy, held to a 1-1 draw by Bulgaria on Thursday, were also held 0-0 by Switzerland on Sunday but are still top of the group with 11 points from five games.

The Swiss are only four points behind though with two games in hand while they are three points ahead of Northern Ireland, who have played a game more, so it is vital that Baraclough’s side take something from this clash.

Northern Ireland are winless in eight home matches in all competitions (D3 L5) though and are 9/2 to win the game.

Switzerland have lost 18 of their 26 away matches against the United Kingdom home nations (W3 D5) but Murat Yakin’s side are clear favourites at 8/11 to win, while the draw is available at 12/5.

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Northern Ireland v Switzerland head-to-head

The teams have met on six previous occasions since 1964, with each team winning twice and two draws.

Their last meeting came in the qualifying phase for the 2018 World Cup which resulted in a 0-0 draw in Basel, while the Swiss won 1-0 on their last visit to Belfast.

It is 13/2 that the game ends in a 0-0 draw this time and 21/5 for a repeat of the 1-0 win for Switzerland.

All bar one of their six meetings saw fewer than three total goals and it is 4/7 that this trend continues.

There has only been one away win in the six games and it is 11/10 for the hosts to win or draw on the Double Chance market in the Northern Ireland v Switzerland betting tips.

Northern Ireland v Switzerland team news

Premier League players Jonny Evans and Stuart Dallas were missing from the side that won 4-1 in Vilnius, along with Corry Evans, Josh Magennis, George Saville and Liam Boyce.

Saville will be available again following suspension, but Paddy McNair, who scored a penalty against Lithuania, is suspended.

Switzerland could be without captain Granit Xhaka of Arsenal, who tested positive for Covid-19 ahead of their friendly against Greece last Wednesday, which they won 2-1.

Xherdan Shaqiri, Mario Gavranovic, Loris Benito and Breel Embolo are all missing for the Swiss.

Northern Ireland v Switzerland key battles

Northern Ireland’s five-man midfield will test the Swiss, who are without a few key players coming off a tough clash with Italy.

Euro 2020 quarter-finalists Switzerland have failed to score just twice in their last 15 internationals (both games against Italy) and they are 17/5 to win but concede in the Northern Ireland v Switzerland betting tips.

Blackpool’s Shane Lavery, who linked up well with Conor Washington and the ever-impressive Ali McCann against Lithuania, might get some joy out of a Swiss side which has been vulnerable defensively, conceding at least once in eight of their last 10 games. Northern Ireland are 21/10 to score the first goal.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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