Belarus vs Northern Ireland betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview & predictions

Belarus vs Northern Ireland prediction: Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland

It’s been the prefect start to Euro qualifying for Northern Ireland.

But they must extend that winning run here.

If they are to have any chance of qualifying from this group, they must get three point here.

Will the Green and White Army leave Borisov victorious?



Euro qualifier highlights: Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus

Belarus vs Northern Ireland: Who will win?

Belarus are 13/8 to get their first win of the campaign.

Northern Ireland are also 13/8 to beat Belarus for the second time in this group.

A draw, which is not good for anybody, is 11/5.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/9.

Both teams to score no is 4/6.

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Mikhail Gordejchuk is likely to be a threat for the home side. He is 15/2 to score first and 3/1 to score anytime.

Stanislav Dragun is the top scorer in the squad with 10 international goals. He is 9/1 to score first and 4/1 to score anytime.

Josh Magennis has scored two winners in this campaign so far. He is 15/2 to score first and 10/3 to score anytime

Kyle Lafferty has 20 international goals to his name. He’s 11/2 to score first and 13/5 to make that 21.

Both Dzyanis Laptsew and Mikhail Gordejchuk to score is 18/1.

Both Jordan Jones and Kyle Lafferty to score is 22/1.

Belarus vs Northern Ireland: Match preview

Will Belarus get off the mark in this game?

They kicked off their campaign with a 4-0 demolition in Rotterdam at the hands of the Netherlands.

Three days later, was their trip to Belfast for the reverse fixture.

On that occasion, Northern Ireland took the lead through Jonny Evans after half an hour.

However, just three minutes later, Ihar Stasevich latched onto Alexander Hleb’s through ball to make it 1-1.

It looked like they were going to leave Windsor Park with a point before Josh Magennis snatched a winner for Northern Ireland in the 87th minute.

On Saturday, they hosted Germany but were again beaten this time 2-0.

However, this qualification campaign was never likely to be Belarus’ best route into Euro 2020.

Back in the Autumn, they won their UEFA Nations League D2, finishing above Luxembourg, Moldova and San Marino.

That means they are guaranteed a League D play-off place.

Nevertheless, they’ll want to build some momentum ahead of that so can they kick start their campaign here?

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Northern Ireland’s night in Borisov?

As for Northern Ireland, they’re currently top of this group.

They began this campaign with a 2-0 home win over Estonia; Niall McGinn and Steven Davis with the goals.

Then came the afore mentioned last gasp win over Belarus at Windsor Park.

There was a sense of déjà vu with this month’s double header.

They were to face Estonia and then Belarus again but this time both away from home.

Just like the home game, their trip to Tallinn was not straight forward.

In fact, they fell behind to a Konstantin Vassiljev free-kick after just 25 minutes.

Estonia then missed a load of chances.

They hit the bar and  Bailey Peacock-Farrell was forced into numerous saves.

Then, the game turned on it’s head.

Conor Washington’s shot deflected in off Josh Magennis’s knee.

1-1.

Less then two minute’s later, Jordan Jones’ cross found Magennis who tapped home the winner.

Northern Ireland lead the way in this group with nine points out of nine.

However, after this game they face Germany twice and Netherlands twice.

If they are to have any chance of finishing above either of them they must take maximum points from their first four games.

They’re three quarters of the way there so will they leave Borisov victorious?

Belarus team news vs Northern Ireland

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Igor Kriushenko will be hoping his side are as resolute as they were on Saturday.

15 members of his squad play their club football in Belarus with the rest plying their trade in Turkey, Greece, Russia, Kazakhstan and Saudi Arabia.

They’re not exactly a team full of superstars.

Previous first choice goalkeeper Andrey Gorbunov is injured.

Alyaksandr Hutar, who started against Germany, will keep the gloves.

Igor Shitov and Maksim Valadzko are likely to be the wing-backs in a back five.

Shitov will win his 67th cap.

Alyaksandr Martynovich, Dzyanis Palyakow and Nikita Naumov will make up the defense.

Their midfield will be anchored by Stanislaw Drahun.

Arsenal fans may remember him as he scored the winning goal for BATE Borisov in their Europa League clash in this stadium back in March.

Sticking with the Arsenal theme, 37 year old Alexander Hleb put in a very classy performance at Windsor Park in March.

However, injury means he will not add to his 80 caps in this one.

Up front, they’re likely to stick with Dzyanis Laptsew over Yury Kavalyow.

They have just one international goal between them.

Will this XI derail Northern Ireland’s qualification hopes?

Northern Ireland team news vs Belarus

Michael O’Neil sprung a few surprises on Saturday, making a few changes compared to March’s line-ups.

It is hard to predict who will start in Borisov.

A few things are a certainty.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell will be in goal for the eighth competitive game in a row.

Also, Jonny Evans will partner Craig Cathcart at centre-back.

However, the inclusion of Conor McLaughlin was a surprise but he is likely to keep his place.

Jamal Lewis is an outstanding player at left-back.

Paddy McNair, Steven Davis and George Saville are likely to make up the midfield trio.

O’Neil has some decisions to make up front.

Both Conor Washington and Jordan Jones got assists off the bench at the weekend, both providing fellow substitute Josh Magennis with a goal.

Two goals in three games should see Josh Magennis start.

Jordan Jones and Stuart Dallas are likely to be the wide men.

Gavin Whyte, Niall McGinn, Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington and Liam Boyce all have the potential to be a major threat off the bench.

Will this side get the job done once again?

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Northern Ireland.

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Belarus

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Belarus

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Belarus.

Euro qualifier highlights: Belarus 0-2 Germany

Euro qualifier highlights: Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia

Euro qualifier highlights: Estonia 1-2 Northern Ireland

The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Belarus

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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