Switzerland vs Northern Ireland – 2018 World Cup Qualification :After the 1st leg match in Belfast…
Switzerland and Northern Ireland meet once again this Sunday, on the 2nd leg of this play-off that will give access to the World Cup.
Switzerland, who were already favourites going into this play-off, saw their chances of attending Russia heavily increase after beating Northern Ireland 1-0 on the 1st leg match.
The Swiss were able to break the deadlock at the 58th minute and after that, there was practically nothing more to talk about on that match.
One of the main reasons for the low amount of goals that Switzerland concedes has to do with the fact that, once in the lead, they are able to hide the ball from their opponents, and that’s the best way to defend.
It is also worth mentioning that Switzerland got 5 wins on the 5 matches played at home during their group stage campaign, so Northern Ireland is definitely expecting some difficulties.
Northern Ireland was unable to counter the Swiss’ favouritism, even playing in Belfast, producing way too little for a team who wants to attend the World Cup.
A big part of their hopes would definitely rely on getting a good result at home, where they normally perform better. Just think about the 19 points they conquered during the group stage: 12 of them were gained playing in front of their fans.
Switzerland vs Northern Ireland – Betting Tip and Prediction:
Northern Ireland’s difficulties to create dangerous situations on the 1st leg match won’t disappear.
On the contrary, this Sunday, in Basel, I believe that the Swiss will try to take advantage of the Irish’s obligation to chase the result in order to build a comfortable victory.