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Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds
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Whyte, Gavin
Martins, Leandro
Thill, Sebastien
Rodrigues, Gerson
Borges Sanches, Yvandro
Davis, Steven
Charles, Dion
Dallas, Stuart
McGinn, Niall
Pinto, Mica
Olesen, Mathias
Thill, Olivier
Thill, Vincent
Thompson, Jordan
Davis, Steven
Evans, Jonny
Brown, Ciaron
Lavery, Shayne
Whyte, Gavin
Magennis, Josh
Charles, Dion
Martins, Marvin
Carlson, Dirk
Mahmutovic, Enes
Hazard, Conor
Southwood, Luke
Martins, Leandro
Chanot, Maxime
Magennis, Josh

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Green and White Army have the upper hand in the head-to-head, with two wins to Luxembourg’s one, from their four previous encounters in international football. Northern Ireland won the previous match between them due to a single goal and this will likely be another close match here.

Therefore, 101 Great Goals’ prediction for this match is Luxembourg 1 – 2 Northern Ireland and is available at odds of 9.5/1.

Alternatively, you can bet on any Luxembourg win at 3.3/1 against Northern Ireland at home on Friday.

Or, back any away win for Northern Ireland at 2.05/1 here at the Stade de Luxembourg.

You can find odds of 3.3/1 for any draw between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland on Friday.


Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND – NOVEMBER 09: Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier Play-Off first leg between Northern Ireland and Switzerland at Windsor Park on November 9, 2017 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (Photo by Charles McQuillan/Getty Images)

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Match preview

The ongoing war in Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country at the end of February seems to be impacting everything at the moment and football is no different. For Luxembourg, they have over a dozen players plying their trade in Ukraine at the time of the invasion. Three players in the d’Roud Léiwen squad escaped the country after the invasion began, two of which – the Thill brothers – are expected to start this match in midfield.

Luc Holtz seems to have settled now on a 4-1-4-1 system after some experimentation last year. Although, heavy defeats against Portugal and Ireland towards the end of their World Cup qualifying campaign could have him returning to the drawing board over the past few months without international football. So don’t be surprised to see a new system being trailed here as he did with a three central defenders system in a narrow 0-1 defeat in a friendly against Scotland in June before facing Serbia in the Qualifiers in September.

Ian Baraclough is still looking for the right system to put his own stamp on this Northern Ireland side. He started 2021 with a five at the back, flirted with a back four over the summer months before reverting to three central defenders once again for the World Cup Qualifiers in October and November. A 1-0 win over Lithuania and 0-0 draw against Italy means we likely see some variant of the same here.

Tactically, he is wanting his side to remain very compact and play in a low block. Marking is zonal rather than man-oriented and the midfield line stays very close to the defensive line – often collapsing into each other when crosses are coming in. This has made them a lot more difficult to break down and they haven’t suffered an embarrassing defeat or any by a margin greater than two goals since the 1-5 defeat at the hands of Norway early in his reign in September 2020. That is also the only and last time Barraclough’s Green and White Army have conceded more than two goals in a match.

There are obvious drawbacks to this too, of course. Most noticeably in the attack. Their forwards don’t put much pressure on the opposition which means teams are allowed to build up attacks in their own half with little fear of being engaged for the ball. Their forwards also look for spaces out of possession to receive and counter rather than mark deep opponents leaving teams to always have an easy backwards out-ball against them. Norn Iron also rarely commit players to attacks outside of their two forwards and one supporting runner depending on the situation when the ball is regained.

All of this simply means Northern Ireland are tactically geared up to play as underdogs and survive in games against the likes of Italy. This makes taking the initiative in games such as this tricky and perhaps more down to the quality of players in moments more than a well-versed tactical plan to build up attacks, penetrate the opponent’s block and create big scoring chances. Instead, expect more crosses from the wing-backs, chances from indirect set pieces and perhaps some on fast breaks after regaining the possession.

Dion Charles is out tip a the most likely goalscorer. Since his first call up almost a year ago to the day, Charles has picked up six caps. He is expected to get his first start here for Norn Iron and is the 2.87/1 favourite to bag a first international goal at any time during the game against The Red Lions.

Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

EMPOLI, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 03: Luxembourg U21 poses during the UEFA European Under-21 Championship Qualifier between Italy U21 and Luxembourg U21 at Stadio Carlo Castellani on September 3, 2021 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Luxembourg team news

Lucas Fox and Diogo Pimentel are the two players hoping to earn a first international cap here on Friday. The pair are two of only five players still plying their trade in Luxembourg.

Luxembourg coach Luc Holtz has opted for a very youthful side with Major League Soccer player Maxime Chanot the only outfield player named in the squad over the age of 29. Daniel da Mota, Stefano Bensi, Chris Philipps, Kevin Malget, and Lars Krogh Gerson are some of the most experienced names to miss out. These five have over 330 international caps between them.

Luxembourgers’ Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Anthony Moris (Union SG), Ralph Schon (Wiltz 71), Lucas Fox (Jeunesse Esch)
Defenders: Laurent Jans (Captain) (Sparta Rotterdam), Maxime Chanot (New York City FC), Dirk Carlson (Erzgebirge Aue), Enes Mahmutovic (Lviv), Marvin da Graça (FK Austria Wien), Mica Pinto (Sparta Rotterdam), Vahid Selimović (OFI), Eric Veiga (Vilafranquense)
Midfielders: Christopher Martins (Young Boys), Olivier Thill (Vorskla Poltava), Vincent Thill (Vorskla Poltava), Leandro Barreiro (Mainz 05), Florian Bohnert (Progrès Niederkorn), Sébastien Thill (Sheriff Tiraspol), Mathias Olesen (1. FC Köln), Diogo Pimentel (Fola Esch)
Forwards: Maurice Deville (1. FC Saarbrücken), Gerson Rodrigues (Troyes), Danel Sinani (Huddersfield Town), Yvandro Borges Sanches (Borussia Mönchengladbach II), Edvin Muratović (F91 Dudelange)

Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland betting tips: International Friendly preview, predictions & odds

ALBACETE, SPAIN – SEPTEMBER 11: Players of Nothern Ireland U21 celebrate after scoring his team second goal during the U21 European Championships Qualifying match between Spain and Nothern Ireland on September 11, 2018 in Albacete, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Northern Ireland team news

Jonny Evans is ruled out due to surgery on a hamstring injury at the tail end of 2021. Conor Washington and Jamal Lewis are also left out due to injury. Matty Kennedy was also named in the initial squad but had to withdraw due to the injuries that have plagued his season at Aberdeen. However, Blackpool forward Shayne Lavery and Arsenal defender Daniel Ballard both return to the squad having recovered from injury since the Italy match back in November.

Luke Southwood, Trai Hume, Paddy Lane and Caolan Boyd-Munce are the four young Northern Irish players hoping to make an international debut here. Lane is the only one of the four who play consistently for his club side and is the most likely of the group to get on the pitch on Friday, possibly even starting the match.

Northern Irish Squad in Full

Goalkeepers: Bailey Peacock-Farrell (Sheffield Wednesday (on loan from Burnley)), Conor Hazard (HJK Helsinki (on loan from Celtic)), Luke Southwood (Reading)
Defenders: Craig Cathcart (Watford), Shane Ferguson (Rotherham United), Paddy McNair (Middlesbrough), Daniel Ballard (Millwall (on loan from Arsenal)), Tom Flanagan (Shrewsbury Town), Ciaron Brown (Oxford United (on loan from Cardiff City)), Conor Bradley (Liverpool), Trai Hume (Sunderland)
Midfielders: Steven Davis (captain) (Rangers), Niall McGinn (Dundee), Corry Evans (Sunderland), Stuart Dallas (Leeds United), George Saville (Millwall), Jordan Thompson (Stoke City), Ali McCann (Preston), Liam Donnelly (Motherwell), Paddy Lane (Fleetwood Town), Caolan Boyd-Munce (Middlesbrough)
Forwards: Josh Magennis (Wigan Athletic), Shayne Lavery (Blackpool), Gavin Whyte (Oxford United (on loan from Cardiff City)), Dion Charles (Bolton Wanderers)

Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland form
Luxembourg vs Faroe Islands - 2:2
Luxembourg vs Turkey - 0:2
Faroe Islands vs Luxembourg - 0:1
Lithuania vs Luxembourg - 0:2
Bosnia & Herzegovina vs Luxembourg - 1:0
Latest match form, last 5 games:
Northern Ireland vs Cyprus - 2:2
Kosovo vs Northern Ireland - 3:2
Cyprus vs Northern Ireland - 0:0
Northern Ireland vs Greece - 0:1
Northern Ireland vs Hungary - 0:1
Last 5 games for Luxembourg
June 19, 2022 Int. Friendly Games 2022 Luxembourg 0  - 0 Cape Verde
June 14, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Luxembourg 2  - 2 Faroe Islands
June 11, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Luxembourg 0  - 2 Turkey
June 7, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Faroe Islands 0  - 1 Luxembourg
June 4, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Lithuania 0  - 2 Luxembourg
Last 5 games for Northern Ireland
June 12, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Northern Ireland 2  - 2 Cyprus
June 9, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Kosovo 3  - 2 Northern Ireland
June 5, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Cyprus 0  - 0 Northern Ireland
June 2, 2022 UEFA Nations League 22/23 Northern Ireland 0  - 1 Greece
March 29, 2022 Int. Friendly Games 2022 Northern Ireland 0  - 1 Hungary
Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland Int. Friendly Games 2022 form
Luxembourg Northern Ireland
3 Matches played 2
0 Matches won 1
17 Goal attempts 18
7 Shots on goal 10
6 Shots off goal 7
5 Corner kicks 4
36% Average ball possession 44%
4 Shots blocked 1
5 Cards given 5
38 Free kicks 38
9 Offsides 2
1 Goals by head 0
1 Goals scored 3
4 Goals conceded 2
0 Shots on bar 1
0 Goals by foot 3
Luxembourg vs Northern Ireland statistics for most recent head to head matches
Luxembourg Northern Ireland
4 Matches 4
2 Home Matches 2
2 Away Matches 2
5 Total Goals 7
1.25 Average Goals Scored 1.75
1 Wins 2
2 Losses 1
1 Draws 1
Last 5 games & match results between Luxembourg and Northern Ireland
March 25, 2022 Int. Friendly Games 2022 Luxembourg 1  - 3 Northern Ireland
September 5, 2019 Int. Friendly Games 2019 Northern Ireland 1  - 0 Luxembourg
September 10, 2013 World Cup Qualification 2014, Europe (UEFA) Luxembourg 3  - 2 Northern Ireland
September 11, 2012 World Cup Qualification 2014, Europe (UEFA) Northern Ireland 1  - 1 Luxembourg

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19:15, Friday 25 March 2022

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