Northern Ireland vs San Marino Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

6th October 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

This will be a fantastic opportunity for Northern Ireland to bag three points and start ramping up their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. They got things off to a solid start with a 0-0 draw against the Czech Republic out on the road, which could be an important point down the line. Germany are red hot favourites to win this qualification group to reach Russia 2018 and so Northern Ireland are likely to be in battle with the Czech Republic and Norway to bag second place. None of the sides in contention are likely to drop any points against San Marino, certainly not at home, so the Irish have to go out and turn out the three points in this one. They will have one eye on a much tougher test as they head out to face Germany on Tuesday evening.

But they just have to stay focused here and put a few goals on the board. In the anytime goalscorer market you have Kyle Lafferty who is a quote of 2/5 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Conor Washington at 8/13. Northern Ireland’s defence is great but they aren’t a high scoring side and it is going to be difficult for them to edge any of their other competitors in the group out by goal difference. So they have to grind out for the points. This will be the third competitive meeting between Northern Ireland and San Marino after they came together for World Cup 2010 qualifying. Northern Ireland won their home meeting 4-0 and banked a 3-0 win out on the road in the return fixture.

So this should be relatively easy for Northern Ireland and over 3.5 goals on the game will return you a price of 4/7 with online betting site Bet365. San Marino have conceded an average of 4.6 goals per game over their last six played (28 goals shipped) and aren’t likely to bank a clean sheet here, although they only lost 1-0 against Azerbaijan in their qualifying opener. The last time that they avoided defeat was back in a 0-0 draw against Estonia in 2014. But that has been the only time in their last 71 international matches that they haven’t lost (D1 L70) so it’s not pretty reading for them. They have scored just the one goal in their last sixteen matches played as well. They are pretty much just making up the numbers in the group and Northern Ireland have to stay switched on and covert their changes. Northern Ireland to win by 4 or more goals is an 8/11 punt and there 10/3 on them winning by three exactly.

Northern Ireland vs San Marino Odds

Northern Ireland 1/40, Draw 16/1, San Marino 40/1

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Northern Ireland vs San Marino Betting Tips

Seeing Northern Ireland win by a 3-0 correct score should have some appeal as that looks to be around the right mark. Hopefully for them it will be a lot better, but that looks around where the margin should be, given that Northern Ireland are not a prolific side. Because Northern Ireland are highly unlikely to concede, it’s worth exploring that correct score market for this one. It should be easy routine stuff for the home nation.

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