Reasons for betting on San Marino vs Northern Ireland tip
Northern Ireland has an excellent position to secure the second spot in group C of the qualifiers for the World Cup in Russia. They are traveling to San Marino to play against the home side which hasn’t won in the previous 94 games. However, the guests need to be cautious, or they are going to enter the history as one of the few teams which didn’t bring back all three points from this tiny country. San Marino, on the other hand, wants to score at least, and one goal in this match which would be regarded as the victory itself.
San Marino overview
The home team lost previous 17 straight games. And in all those defeats the players of this miniature country allowed at least one goal. With 94 games without a win San Marino is one of the teams which holds a negative record in football. But you have to know that most of their players are semi-professional footballers. After six games in these qualifications, they scored only one goal. On the other hand, they have allowed 30, or 5 goals per match. In the games against the Czech Republic and Germany at home, San Marino conceded 14 goals combined. As always they are presenting an opportunity for their rivals to improve the goal difference.
Northern Ireland overview
Green and White Army has a chance to reach the playoffs for the World Cup in Russia.
After six games they are holding the second position with 4 points more than the Czech Republic. And what is more important is that they are playing against them after the game with San Marino. It will be the chance for them to resolve everything and they simply have to grab it. Michael O’Neill and his boys have 4 straight wins in the qualifiers and in all 4 games they haven’t conceded. The strongest part of the team is the defence which is one of the strongest in the entire edition of the European qualifiers. Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley will be unavailable for this match because of injuries.
Head to head matches
In the reverse leg played in Ireland, the home was convincing and won with 4-0. Two encounters before this one, were played 10 years ago, and Northern Ireland won both, 0-3 and 4-0.
Prediction for San Marino vs Northern Ireland tip
Having in mind that Northern Ireland plays against the Czech Republic only three days later, we believe that Michael O’Neill is going to experiment a little bit. He’s probably going to rest some of the key players and save them from possible injuries.
But that will not affect the final outcome, and the guests are going to be certain here. Over 2.5 goals is our first suggestion. The second one would be Northern Ireland to win with a handicap -2.5 goals.