Switzerland v Northern Ireland Betting Preview | 12th November
In our Switzerland v Northern Ireland preview we look at the most popular bets and tips along with team news, potential line-ups, stats and facts and more for Sunday evening’s World Cup play-off.
Switzerland v Northern Ireland Betting Preview
Stadium: Stade de Suisse
Channel: Sky Sports
Switzerland take a one goal advantage into their second leg on Sunday against Northern Ireland. There was a large sense of injustice for Northern Ireland when Xherdan Shaqiri’s volley from close range came off the elbow of Corry Evans. The referee judged that it came off his hand and pointed to the stop. Ricardo Rodriguez made no mistake and the Swiss have the upper hand.
Northern Ireland will have to use their sense of injustice as a motivational technique as they aim to overturn the deficit. It is a mammoth task to win in Switzerland and they will need a moment of magic and an exceptional performance. They were outplayed by an accomplished Swiss side in the first leg and will need to vastly improve. They failed to conjure a shot on target in Belfast but they may play with less fear knowing they can play with freedom.
However, against a side who only just lost out to Portugal with 27 points in qualifying, it would be a major upset if Northern Ireland pulled off the unthinkable.
Team News. Corry Evans was unfairly booked after the controversial penalty and is suspended. George Saville may replace him. No changes expected for Switzerland.
Potential Switzerland XI: Sommer, Litchsteiner, Schaer, Akanji, Rodriguez; Xhaka, Zakaria; Shaqiri, Dzemaili, Zuber; Seferovic
Potential Northern Ireland Starting XI: McGovern, McLaughlin, McAuley, Evans, Brunt; Saville, Norwood, Davis; Ward, Washington, Magennis
Stats & Facts
- Switzerland have won their last seven at home, including a win against Portugal.
Switzerland 2/5, Draw 10/3, Northern Ireland 10/1
- Switzerland to nil: 4/5