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

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

The rematch is on for Estonia and Northern Ireland.

These two met on the opening matchday of Euro qualifying as recently as March 21.

Estonia’s game plan that night was clear, they’d gone to Windsor Park to defend.

That was working for 56 minutes before Niall McGinn finally broke the deadlock with a smart finish.

Then, with just 15 minutes remaining, Steven Davis converted a spot kick to wrap up a 2-0 win.

Will Northern Ireland win again or will Estonia get off the mark at A. Le Coq Arena?

Euro qualifier highlights: Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia


Estonia vs Northern Ireland: Who will win?

Estonia last won a competitive home game in September 2017 and they are 19/5 to change that.

Northern Ireland won three times away from home in Euro 2016 qualifying and they’re 17/20 to win their first away match of this campaign.

A draw, which would not do for either, is 21/10.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/9.

Both teams to score no is 8/15.

Northern Ireland to win and both teams to score no is 6/4.

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Sergei Zenjov of Shakhter Karagandy could be a threat for Estonia. He’s 9/1 to score first and 4/1 to score anytime.

Konstantin Vassiljev is the top scorer in the squad with 24 international goals. He’s 11/1 to break the deadlock and 5/1 to score anytime.

Kyle Lafferty has 20 international goals to his name. He’s 9/2 to score first and 11/5 to make that 21.

Steven Davis got his 12th international goal when these two met in March. He’s 9/1 to score first and 4/1 to net anytime.

Both Jordan Jones and Kyle Lafferty to score is 18/1.

Both Steven Davis and Kyle Lafferty to score is also 18/1.

Both Konstantin Vassiljev and Sergei Zenjov to score is 40/1.

Estonia vs Northern Ireland: Match preview

Can Estonia bounce back?

Their defeat in Belfast is the only match they’ve played in this qualification campaign so far so they’ll be looking to get off the mark.

They did win a friendly following that game but that amount of confidence one can gain from a 1-0 win in Gibraltar is minimal.

They came into this group off the back of an utterly miserable Nations League campaign.

They amassed just one point from their first five games and were relegated from Group C2.

A 1-0 win in Athens over Greece in their final group game was mere consolation.

That though is their only win in their last eight competitive matches.

In fact, Estonia have won just four of their last 20 competitive matches and just 31 of 145 overall.

Will they get a rare win here?

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Northern Ireland’s night in Tallinn?

Northern Ireland though head to A. Le Coq Arena full of confidence.

Due to the quirk of the fixtures, Michael O’Neil’s side had to get off to a good start.

Their first four fixtures are against Estonia and Belarus with their last four against Netherlands and Germany.

With only the top two in the group qualifying, they have to start with four wins if they’re to have any chance of doing just that.

As mentioned, they did get off to a winning start, 2-0 over Estonia.

Three days later, they hosted Belarus who they found to be a tougher opponent.

Jonny Evans did put the home side in front on the half hour mark but Ihar Stasevich levelled things up just three minutes later.

It looked as though it was going to end in a frustrating draw before Josh Magennis side-footed home with just three minutes remaining.

Scenes at Windsor Park!

Those back to back wins are some turn around after their disastrous Nations League campaign.

They lost all four games and were relegated to League C from a group featuring Bosnia & Herzegovina and Austria.

This side travel to Borisov on Tuesday for another must win game.

But first, anything less than three points in Tallinn will be a disappointment.

Will they get the win they desperately need?

Estonia team news vs Northern Ireland

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Estonia are not at full strength coming into this one.

Martin Reim is expected to make three changes from the side that lined-up in Belfast.

Sergei Lepmets is expected to keep his place ahead of Mihkel Aksalu in goal.

They are likely to stick with their back three/back five formation.

Former Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan has been left out of the squad.

As have defenders Dmitri Kruglov and Enar Jääger who also have over 100 caps to their name.

Nikita Baranov will drop out of the side with Märten Kuusk coming in.

Madis Vihmann and Joonas Tamm will make up the back three.

It’ll be the same wing-backs, Artur Pikk and Gert Kams, as it was three months ago.

Mattias Käit, who’s on Fulham’s books, will partner captain Karol Mets in midfield.

Further forward, there’s no Henri Anier; he’s scored 13 goals in 60 international appearances.

Rauno Sappinen will come in.

He’ll be flanked by Henrik Ojamaa and Sergei Zenjov, the latter coming in for Artjom Dmitrijev.

Can this side derail Northern Ireland’s, so far, flawless start?

Northern Ireland team news vs Estonia

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As for Northern Ireland, Michael O’Neil has some decisions to make.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell has made just five appearances for Leeds United in 2019 but remains his country’s number one.

Stuart Dallas, also of Leeds, has played five different positions this season and will continue to fill in at right-back despite Conor McLaughlin’s return to the squad.

Craig Cathcart of Watford and Jonny Evans of Leicester are a very solid centre-back pairing.

Jamal Lewis has started five of his countries last six games and looks to be the real deal at left-back.

In midfield, there’s still no place for Oliver Norwood in the squad.

Paddy McNair will continue at the base of midfield with George Saville and Steven Davis ahead of him.

After his goal in the reverse fixture, Davis has now scored in seven different qualification campaigns.

On the left, Jordan Jones will be looking for his first ever Northern Ireland goal.

Niall McGinn got his fourth international goal against Estonia and will be on the other wing.

Up front, Kyle Lafferty may have only started seven times for Rangers this season but he remains the main man for his country.

15 of his 20 international goals have come in qualifiers.

Will Grigg has withdrawn from the squad due to injury but the man who got the winner against Belarus, Josh Magennis, will be on the bench.

Will this side make it three wins out of three?

It won’t be easy but this is a game they should just about win.

Predicted Estonia line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Estonia line-up vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Estonia line-up vs Northern Ireland.

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Estonia

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Estonia

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Estonia.

The latest tweets from Estonia pre Northern Ireland

Euro qualifier highlights: Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus

The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Estonia

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

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