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

Northern Ireland vs Belarus prediction: Northern Ireland 2-0 Belarus

The perfect start for Northern Ireland.

If they are to topple either one of Netherlands or Germany in this group, they must keep on winning.

After the performances of both of these two on Thursday, that outcome seems very possible.

Another win for the Green and White Army to cheer?

Northern Ireland vs Belarus: Who will win?

Northern Ireland are big favourites at 7/10 to take the three points.

Belarus’ last away win in a qualifier was in October 2015 but they are 9/2 to end that run.

A draw, which is useful to neither, is 9/4

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 5/4.

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Kyle Lafferty has scored 19 international goals including 7 in the last Euro qualification campaign. He’s 7/2 to score first and 9/5 to net anytime.

Steven Davis got his 12th international goal on Thursday. He’s 12/1 to score first and 11/2 to score anytime.

Mikalay Signevich will be up front for Belarus. The Ferencvárosi forward is also 12/1 to score first and 11/2 to get his second goal for his country.

Both Rangers men, Lafferty and Davis, to score is 20/1.

Both Jordan Jones and Lafferty to score is 11/1.

Both Jonny Evans and Steven Davis to score is 110/1.

Northern Ireland vs Belarus: Match preview

Exactly what Michael O’Neil was after.

UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying kicked off for Northern Ireland on Thursday night as they hosted Estonia.

Second half goals from Niall McGinn and Steven Davis was enough as they ran out fairly comfortable 2-0 winners.

However, they must keep winning.

After this game, in June, they travel to Estonia and then to Belarus.

After that they face Germany home and away and Netherlands home and away.

Realistically, they need to have 12 points on the board before those daunting prospects in the autumn.

Will they stay on course for that with another victory here?

As for Belarus, their campaign got off to a disappointing, if not surprising start.

They were 1-0 down after just 49 seconds in Rotterdam before eventually losing 4-0 to the Netherlands.

However, unlike their hosts, they are guaranteed a UEFA Nations League D play-off so this campaign is not vitally important for them.

Nevertheless, they’ll still be desperate to get at least a point on the board so can they kill Northern Ireland’s momentum?

Northern Ireland team news vs Belarus

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After an outstanding performance against Estonia, Michael O’Neil will name an unchanged XI.

Despite the fact he hasn’t played for his club since January, when Leeds United bought another goalkeeper, Bailey Peacock-Farrell is still number 1 for his country.

He’ll be looking for what would be his fourth clean sheet in just seven international appearances.

This side is built on strong foundations at the back.

Jonny Evans, of Leicester, and Craig Cathcart, of Watford, have played 23 and 32 times respectively this season for their Premier League clubs.

Stuart Dallas, who’s played 4 different positions for Leeds this season, will continue to fill in at right-back.

Paddy McNair will continue to anchor the midfield with Steven Davis further forward.

His goal on Thursday means that 10 of his 12 goals for Northern Ireland have been scored at Windsor Park.

Will he enjoy more home comforts?

Up front, Jordan Jones was outstanding on Thursday.

He didn’t score but Niall McGinn did and was assisted by Kyle Lafferty.

That was McGinn’s first international goal since his strike against Ukraine at Euro 2016.

Those three worked well together but will have to do so again to break Belarus down.

Will the home side have enough?

Belarus team news vs Northern Ireland

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Igor Kriushenko will be hoping his side can put in a more resolute display than they did on Thursday.

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

They’re not exactly a team full of superstars.

Andrey Gorbunov will win his 19th cap in goal; he’s impressively kept 10 international clean sheets so far.

Alyaksandr Martynovich and Igor Shitov are the experienced heads at the back.

They have 64 and 63 caps respectively.

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 tie last month.

Sticking with the Arsenal theme, despite being 37, Alexander Hleb will be amongst their substitutes.

If he was to get on, he’d win his 80th cap.

That would put him up to joint second on the list of most capped players for Belarus.

Up front, they’re likely to stick with Mikalay Signevich over Anton Saroka.

The former has just one goal in 15 games for his country.

Will this XI leave Belfast with anything?

Predicted Northern Ireland team vs Belarus

Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Belarus.

Predicted Belarus team vs Northern Ireland

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Northern Ireland.

The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Belarus

Highlights of Northern Ireland’s qualifier win vs Estonia

Highlights of Belarus’ qualifier vs Netherlands

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

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