Northern Ireland v Switzerland tips
FootyOn give their Northern Ireland v Switzerland tips featuring World Cup play-offs odds for their first-leg fixture in Belfast, which include John Magennis bets.
World Cup holders Germany are the only nation to have come to Northern Ireland and won a competitive game since 2013.
That gives Michael O’Neill and his charges huge hope of beating World Cup play-offs opponents Switzerland at 5/2 (from 2/1) with BetVictor, or least still being in the tie.
Two of the last four qualifying defeats handed to the Swiss on their travels came courtesy of British Isles outfits; Northern Ireland’s neighbours the Republic and England.
All that adds up to a double chance punt featuring Northern Ireland or a draw in this first leg being worth a wager at 8/13 with Paddy Power.
NI “capable of going through”: O’Neill
Such is the sterling won done by O’Neill, who is seeking a second successive qualification for a major tournament, that he has been linked with the Scotland job.
The Northern Ireland boss is focused on the task in hand, however.
“It was going to be tough whoever we got, but we’re capable of going through to the finals in Russia,” O’Neill said after the World Cup play-offs draw.
“Switzerland had a good campaign, but we have a big opportunity to get to Russia.”
Northern Ireland’s pool was far tougher than the group Switzerland had, as all but one of the countries earned 10 points or more.
Magennis bets appeal for hosts
The battle-hardened Northern Irish look to in-form Josh Magennis, who has three in as many internationals.
Magennis bets on another goal for the Charlton Athletic centre forward thus appeal at 12/5 with Paddy Power.
This functional side assembled by O’Neill is greater than the sum of its parts, while key Swiss players look to have gone off the boil.
Stoke City star Xherdan Shaqiri struck just twice in European qualifying Group B (but made five assists).
Benfica summer signing Haris Seferovic, meanwhile, only struck three times in his last nine caps with those goals coming against countries that finished in the bottom places of the pool, Latvia and Andorra.
He is BetVictor’s 21/10 anytime goalscorer favourite for the hosting Swiss.
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