Northern Ireland vs Luxembourg prediction: Northern Ireland 2-0 Luxembourg
It’s been the perfect start to European qualifying for Northern Ireland.
But, it only gets harder from here on.
Can Michael O’Neil’s side warm up for a huge night at Windsor Park on Monday with a win here?
Highlights of Estonia 1-2 Northern Ireland
Highlights of Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland vs Luxembourg: Who will win?
Northern Ireland are odds on favourites at 4/11 to claim victory in this one.
Luxembourg are 7/1 to leave Belfast with a win.
A draw is 10/3.
Under 2.5 goals is 4/5.
Both teams to score no is 4/7.
Northern Ireland to win and both teams to score no is 10/11.
Conor Washington could lead the line for the home side. He is 7/2 to score first and 11/8 to net anytime
Josh Magennis is another candidate to play up front. He’s also 7/2 to score first and is 7/5 to score anytime.
David Turpel is Luxembourg’s main man for goals. He is 17/2 to break the deadlock and 3/1 to score anytime.
Northern Ireland vs Luxembourg: Match preview
It was always going to be an utterly bizarre UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign for Northern Ireland.
The Green and White Army began with Belarus home and away and Estonia home and away.
Then, they’d meet Germany home and away and Netherlands home and away.
With only the top two qualifying, it was always going to be an uphill task.
All Michael O’Neil could focus on though, was winning the first four matches.
The began with a 2-0 home victory over Estonia back in March.
Then, despite taking the lead through Jonny Evans, they found themselves level at 1-1 at home to Belarus late on.
But, in the 87th minute, Josh Magennis popped up and slotted home a vital winner.
So, in June, they met the same opponents again, in the same order but this time both away from home.
In the first of the double header, Northern Ireland fell behind in Tallinn to Estonia.
But, two late goals from Conor Washington and then Magennis saw them snatch a third straight victory.
Three days later, they left it late for the third game running.
Paddy McNair netted an 87th minute winner in Barysaŭ to secure a 1-0 victory over Belarus.
That’s 12 points out of 12 and they are clear at the top of the group.
But, their remaining four fixtures are against Netherlands and Germany starting with the visit of the latter on Monday evening.
That, could well be a pivotal match so how will they prepare for it?
Can Luxembourg cause a shock?
As for Luxembourg, their qualification campaign has not gone to plan.
On matchday one, they came from a goal down to beat Lithuania 2-1 at home; Leandro Barreiro and then Gerson Rodrigues with the goals.
However, Luc Holtz’s team have not won since.
In the meantime, they’ve lost 2-1 at home to Ukraine, drawn 1-1 in Lithuania and lost 1-0 in Ukraine.
Their remaining four games are against Serbia home and away and Portugal home and away so look unlikely to get very much out of that.
They’re also highly unlikely to get a UEFA Nations League play-off place.
They finished second in League D2, behind Belarus, so ended up fifth in the overall League D standings, one spot shy of a play-off place.
The Red Lions host Serbia at Stade Josy Barthel on Tuesday so will be hopeful for a good result here.
Will they leave Belfast with anything?
Northern Ireland team news vs Luxembourg
Despite the fact this is a friendly, Michael O’Neil is likely to pick a strong XI with Germany in mind.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell is expected to remain the number one despite the fact he hasn’t played a single minute for Burnley, who he joined in the summer.
In defence, Michael Smith is injured so Conor McLaughlin will come in at right-back.
Jonny Evans and Jamal Lewis will also be in the defence; both have impressed in the Premier League so far this season.
Midfielder Oliver Norwood has retired from international football which is a big blow.
Utility man Paddy McNair may well have found his best position, playing for club and country in holding midfield.
Captain Steven Davis and McNair’s club teammate at Middlesborough George Saville will make up the midfield.
Jordan Jones is injured so Niall McGinn and Stuart Dallas are likely to take up the wide positions.
Up front, Kyle Lafferty has been left out of the squad.
He has not played at all this season but has joined Sarpsborg 08 FF who are currently bottom of the Eliteserien in Norway with ten games to go.
The two striking options in the squad were both also on the move in the summer.
Josh Magennis joined Hull City and Conor Washington moved to Heart of Midlothian.
Both scored in the win in Tallinn in June but the former is likely to get the nod here.
Can this side secure a win in this friendly match?
Luxembourg team news vs Northern Ireland
As for the visitors, Luc Holtz is pretty much at full strength.
Anthony Moris who plays for R.E. Virton in the second division in Belgium is the number one goalkeeper.
Centre-back Maxime Chanot has been very solid in MLS this season for his club New York City FC.
Captain Laurent Jans, Lars Krogh Gerson and Marvin da Graça will make up the defence.
If he does play, Gerson would win his 70th cap.
Vincent Thill will be a part of the midfield trio.
His brother, Olivier Thill, will be out-wide.
Gerson Rodrigues, who joined Dynamo Kiev in the summer, has scored two international goals, both of which have come in his last four games.
Up front, David Turpel will be preferred to veteran Daniel da Mota; the latter is on 95 international caps.
Will this side leave Windsor Park with a result?
Predicted Northern Ireland line-up vs Luxembourg
Predicted Luxembourg line-up vs Northern Ireland
Highlights of Northern Ireland 2-0 Estonia
Highlights of Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus
The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Luxembourg
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) August 29, 2019
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) August 28, 2019
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) August 26, 2019
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) August 22, 2019
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) June 11, 2019
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) June 11, 2019
O’Neill on the character of the players: “That has been one of the most pleasing aspect of the campaign – particularly for the younger players. The most encouraging thing was that when we got level on Saturday we were determined to go and win it.” #GAWA pic.twitter.com/RliCeygc0N
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) June 10, 2019
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) June 8, 2019
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.