LITHUANIA VS NOTHERN IRELAND.
Northern Ireland have just one point on the board from their first two qualifiers following a 2-0 defeat in Italy and a goalless stalemate at home to Bulgaria, and they already have a huge deficit to make up in Group C with The Azzurri and Switzerland boasting 100% records.
While there will still be five games left to play, The Green and White Army will be all but out of contention if they fail to triumph in Vilnius and the Irish simply can’t be backed here at a shade of odds-on.
Lithuania are the worst team in the group and have lost each of their last six internationals, but Northern Ireland have won just one of their 13 starts since Ian Baraclough replaced Michael O’Neill, with eight of those matches ending in defeat.
Under 2.5 goals rates a decent alternative to the 1X2 market this Thursday, for what’s likely to be a low quality contest at LFF Stadionas. Lithuania have failed to strike in five of their last six games, but Northern Ireland haven’t been much better in that department in recent times.
Baraclough’s side stuck three past Malta in late May, though they’ve drawn a blank in three of their four other matches this calendar year.
As such, under 2.5 looks the safest option for this midweek qualifier and it could be worth chancing a 0-0 draw based on how blunt these nations have been up front over the past few months.
LATVIA VS GIBRALTAR.
The home team will be definitely be the better of the two teams if history books are anything to go by.They have actually won all their last four matches between themselves and poised to repeat the feat.
Prediction:Latvia to win.
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