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Northern Ireland v Kosovo: Nations League prediction and odds

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Northern Ireland vs Kosovo

Northern Ireland to win, over 2.5 goals and Josh Magennis to score anytime - 5/1


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Northern Ireland vs Kosovo

September 24, 2022

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Northern Ireland are aiming for their first win of the Nations League this campaign with Kosovo travelling to Belfast with a four-point gap on the third-placed side and two wins already registered in League C Group 3.

In reality, Greece have walked away with this group and their untouchable status at the top comes with four wins from all four games. Kosovo are their closest threat with five goals scored and five let in so far.

They have, however, already beaten Northern Ireland back in June as Vedat Muriqi continued to prove his worth as the main man for Kosovo with two goals. Zymer Bytyqi also scored, with Shen Lavery and Daniel Ballard netting for Ian Baraclough’s men. A 2-0 loss to Greece last time out and a 1-0 defeat to them just seven days prior means Alain Giresse sees his side with only a win over Cyprus to also boast about.

Kosovo, however, can play attractive football. The 5-3 loss to England from 2019 will always live in the memory of UK fans because of how they led and levelled the game and frightened the Three Lions on many occasions.

Northern Ireland have also not even been able to beat Cyprus, as their two points come from draws against the 108th-ranked side in the world. A further loss to Greece keeps them in third and with slight desperation to win here to avoid a potential drop into League 4.

Northern Ireland really do need to win here, and they will need to get the likes of Josh Magennis firing.

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