My name is Dave, a European football enthusiast, I believe all leagues have their own charms. This is the reason why I have been watching and studying those less popular leagues for 20 years.
Kick Off: 11/15/2021 15:45
Northern Ireland return to competitive action on Wednesday evening knowing that they realistically must avoid defeat against Switzerland to retain any hope of qualifying for the next World Cup.
Northern Ireland returned to winning ways last Friday when they narrowly edged out Lithuania 1-0 on home turf. Prior to that, they failed to pick up a win in three straight games, losing twice and picking up one draw. The result saw Northern Ireland rise to third place in Group C, level on eight points with Bulgaria. Northern Ireland had conceded two or more goals in two of their former three match-ups, and had failed to score in two of these three fixtures as well.
Italy, who are yet to taste defeat in the qualifiers, currently sit top of the log, level on 15 points with second-placed Switzerland. The European champions failed to make it two wins from two last time out as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on home turf. Italy claimed a 2-1 win over Belgium when the sides squared off for bronze at the UEFA Nations League back in October. Italy were unbeaten in 38 of their past 39 overall fixtures, and in the process they had recorded two separate eleven-fixture winning runs as well.
Italy have been utterly dominant in recent meetings against Northern Ireland and considering they boast a plethora of world-class talent in their camp, expect they will return to winning ways in this one.
Italy to Win with AH -1
Final Results: 0-2