Northern Ireland vs Austria / League of Nations – After a goalless draw in Vienna, Bosnia and Herzegovina has definitely secured the first place in this group of the League of Nations, which means that Northern Ireland and Austria will on Sunday night in Belfast play a match which has no score significance. Namely, the Austrians have also confirmed the second place with that one point and their staying in the League of Nations “B”, while the team of Northern Ireland will perform in the lower rank next time.
Northern Ireland vs Austria begins 18.11.2018 at 18:00 CET
Of course this was to be expected after Northern Ireland was defeated in their first three duels in the League of Nations, twice from Bosnia and Herzegovina (1-2 and 2-0) and once by Austria with 1-0. However, they were a completely equal rival in all of these matches, but they lacked a bit of luck in the finals, especially in the first match with Bosnia and Herzegovina, when they missed a couple of promising opportunities on their field.
In the next two games they lacked even more courage in their guest appearances, while their defence made several big blunders and they were brutally punished by their opponents. Three days ago, they played a friendly match in Dublin against Ireland, which ended without goals, and at least slightly restored the team's confidence, so they can now play completely relaxed and even surprise the Austrians on their field. The performances of midfielder Norwood and striker Grigg are questionable due to injuries.
Probable lineups Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell – Smith, Cathcart, J.Evans, Lewis – Davis – Ward, Saville, C.Evans, Dallas – Lafferty
Three days ago, the team of Austria has missed a great opportunity to stay in the game for the first place in the group, given that they only played 0-0 against the leading Bosnia and Herzegovina. However, there are no objections to their game and their desired wish, but in the end they have not managed to score that much needed goal, so they must satisfy with the second place in the group and stay in the League of Nations “B”.
Of course, the guest defeat from Bosnia and Herzegovina has cost them the most in all of that, while they with a lot of trouble managed to overcome Northern Ireland on their field. However, they certainly expected much more from this League of Nations, so it would be very interesting to see if coach Foda will remain on the bench for the next period. As for this comforting match in Belfast, Foda will surely give the opportunity to some new players, while the injured midfielders Grillitsch and Sabitzer are out of action, as well as striker Burgstaller.
Probable lineups Austria: Stankovic – K.Lainer, Wimmer, Hinteregger, Ulmer – Ilsanker, Alaba – Schlager, Schaub, Arnautović – Gregoritsch
Northern Ireland vs Austria PICK
After having missed a great opportunity against Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Austrians will now certainly lack the real motive in this match with Northern Ireland, which will on the other hand in front of their fans look for their first points in the League of Nations.
Pick: Asian Handicap +0.5 Northern Ireland
Odds: 1.76 for betsson (down to 1.70 can be played)
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