Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
You will have two sides of a very similar nature going up against each other in this one. Azerbaijan have impressed out of the blocks and have yet to concede a goal in World Cup 2018 qualifying. So they will show up and are likely to give Northern Ireland a taste of their own resilient medicine. The Irish need the win in this one as they are trailing Azerbaijan by three points in the group at the moment. This is already a massively important game for Northern Ireland because it would be a qualification disaster if they were to slip up at home in this one. Can the Irish get the much needed win?
Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan Odds
Northern Ireland 4/7, Draw 13/5, Azerbaijan 11/2
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Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan Betting Tips
Can Northern Ireland get the job done on Friday night against Azerbaijan in a testing match up for them? Michael O’Neill’s men have collected the four points from the nine that has been available to them so far in World Cup 2018 qualifying. They suffered a setback in their last match up, a loss against Germany, but that was pretty much expected to be fair against the World Champions. To start their campaign off with the Irish took a 0-0 draw in the Czech Republic and then followed that up with 4-0 home win over San Marino. So that is where their points have come from in what has been a pretty tough start to the campaign and for the Irish, the home game against Azerbaijan may cause issues of its own. Northern Ireland have failed to score in their other two group games, sandwiching the win over San Marino. So you are probably looking at a game under 2.5 goals and under that goal line is a quote of 19/40 with William Hill at is should be value.
The four previous times that Northern Ireland and Azerbaijan have come together, the games have gone under the 2.5 goal line. So there’s a trend. They were paired together in World Cup 2014 qualification and Northern Ireland posted a D1 L1 record, the draw coming at home in a 1-1 s scoreline. A repeat of the 1-1 draw playing itself out on Friday between them will fetch a price of 13/2 in the correct score market with William Hill. In the Northern Ireland v Azerbaijan Correct Score market you have a 1-0 win for the Irish as the shortest priced option at 15/4. The pressure on Northern Ireland will be to break down their opponents, who are going to cause them a lot of resilience. Kyle Lafferty is a price of 13/8 to net in the anytime goalscorer market, with Conor Washington, Will Grigg and Josh Magennis all running at a price of 2/1.
Azerbaijan, considered minnows like Northern Ireland in the world game, are making forward strides, much as Northern Ireland have been doing over the last year or so. They have started well in World Cup 2018 q qualification and they are unbeaten in three so far. They carded 1-0 victories over both San Marino and a big result over Norway, and like Northern Ireland they went to the Czech Republic and got out with a 0-0 draw. So there are indicators there that they may well match up to the Irish and there could be a very tight scrap on the cards. Frankly if Azerbaijan got an away point in the bag from this game then they would be pretty happy with that. A point would ensure that they stayed in second place in the group after four games and Robert Prosinecki’s men can give themselves a huge pat on the back for that.
Azerbaijan have gone W2 D3 L1 in their last six games and they have bagged clean sheets in each of their last three, and looking out further, that’s four in their last six. So they have the defence to frustrate a low-scoring side like Northern Ireland you feel. Will the Irish have the craft to open them up? Both Teams Not To Score will return a price of 1/2 and a 0-0 correct score may have appeal for punters at the 4/1 mark as well. Azerbaijan have only netted two goals in three qualification games and one of those was an own goal in their favour from Norway. Northern Ireland have scored in just one of their three games so far in the group, so you are looking at a low-scoring night and perhaps a very interesting one for the Irish who really need the three points.
Not an easy game for the Irish here and you are going to be looking at a low scoring game. So go under 2.5 goals which looks to be a bit of a banker and 0-0 correct score should have appeal. The lack of goals from the Irish may hurt them against a side who has blanked opponents in their last three games. Have a plump on the draw in the match outright as the visitors’ defence may just stand firm.