Northern Ireland v Russia Preview

August 12, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit RequiredGroup F, 2014 World Cup Qualification Wednesday night comes from Windsor Park in Belfast featuring Northern Ireland versus Russia.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 3 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Northern Ireland v Russia Preview, 2014 Word Cup Qualification, Wednesday 14th  August 2013

Northern Ireland will head into this match knowing that they still have an outside chance of making qualification to the 2014 World Cup if they can manage to win all of their remaining five games and although that is a huge task, they will certainly be giving it their best effort come wednesday night in front of a packed out Windsor Park Stadium.

Russia are currently second in the group and two points behind leaders Portugal, but with two games in hand over them a victory in this game against Northern Ireland would put the Russian side top of the group table as Portugual don’t have a qualification match this week and are instead in friendly action against the Netherlands.

Northern Ireland v Russia Preview Team News

Northern Ireland Team News:

Coach Michael O’Neill should have a full squad to choose his starting eleven from as with everyone having been on a summer break from the domestic scene, those that did have slight injuries will have used that time to make a full recovery and with striker Kyle Lafferty now available having served his suspension he will certain to be leading the attacking line up front.

However, there will not be starts for David Healy, Paddy McCourt and Chris Baird as with all three players currently unemployed at the moment and not having a club for the new season, none of them would have been involved in any pre-season training and with a game as big as this one, coach Michael O’Neill just isn’t prepared to take any risks.

Russia Team News:

Coach Fabio Capelo also has a strong squad to choose his starting eleven from, but there won’t be a place for Andrey Arshavin as despite having moved back to Russian club Zenit it seems he doesn’t have a future under the new boss, but the spine of the team will be involved which will include regulars Sergei Ignashevich, Igor Akinfeev and Alexander Kerzhakov.

Northern Ireland v Russia Preview Head to Head Statistics

07/09/12 WQE Russia – Northern Ireland 2 : 0

Who Has The Advantage?

Only one previous game between the two nation’s previously which ended in a comfortable win for Russia 2-0 back on the 7th of September 2012, with Viktor Faizulin and Roman Shirokov scoring the goals.

Average Goals Per Game?

As only one previous game has been played between the two nation’s we have taken the average goals per game from their previous five matches, which provides us with a 2.25 statistic which suggests we could see one or two goals scored come wednesday night in Belfast.

Northern Ireland v Russia Preview Recent Form

Northern Ireland: D D D D L

Russia: W D W D L

Russia have a clear advantage on the recent form stats having won two of their previous five matches played. Northern Ireland have failed to win any of their previous five matches played, but have only lost the one game.

Northern Ireland v Russia Preview Match Betting Odds Market.

Northern Ireland can still make it to the 2014 World Cup Finals next summer despite having only secured just 3pts from their five group games played, but it would come as a huge shock to see them do so and the online bookmakers certainly don’t agree with their best price of 17/2 with Bet365 – £200 Free Bets for New Customers, currently on offer for a home win.

The Draw has been a result that Northern Ireland have become familiar with of late and with home advantage and the crowd fully behind them, they could maybe fight out a draw come wednesday night, so the current odds of  7/2 with BetVictor – Receive £25 Free Bets for New Customers could be worth a small investment.

Russia can win this group and gain automatic qualification if they win their remaining three games, so no surprise to see the online bookmakers having them priced up as the clear favourites to win this match with a current best price of 4/11 with Sky Bet – £10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers.

Northern Ireland v Russia Preview Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

On the base of it, Russia do have the stronger side here and with knowing that a victory would take them to the top of the Group F table ahead of Portugal that should be enough incentive to see Fabio Capelo’s side win this game.

Northern Ireland just don’t have the squad of players to match the Russian side, but despite that each and every player that is picked to start this game will certainly be giving it everything they have and with home advantage and a packed out crowd fully behind them, I can see them getting on the score-sheet at least once during the game.

As such and with the odds of Russia to win absoloutely ridiculously short, the goals markets could be the place to concentrate on here in the search of some value.

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