Northern Ireland 11/4 to beat Switzerland in Thursday’s World Cup playoff
Competition: World Cup playoff
Market: Northern Ireland to Switzerland
Odds: 11/4 @ Bet365
Despite club football having to take a break this weekend, fans around the world will be looking forward to a glut of international games that also welcome the start of the World Cup playoffs. Goals, superb play and moments of madness and tension will surely ensure, with every side knowing they are just two games away from the ultimate showpiece event in football. With this in mind, Northern Ireland host Switzerland in the first leg of their playoff.
Northern Ireland emerged from what was a fairly tough group and they will be looking to show Switzerland who is the boss on Thursday evening. While Germany cruised through with 30 points, Ireland came in second with 19 points via six wins, one draw and three defeats. 17 goals scored and six conceded displays that they are not a top-heavy side, and they will need to start well on Thursday. Indeed, a first-leg at home can often be a blessing, with a good start allowing the Irish to take a lead to Switzerland knowing that an away goal could all but wrap up the tie.
For Switzerland, it was a disappointing end to a very good campaign. Despite winning nine games and taking 27 points, the most of any second-placed team, they were still forced to settle for a playoff place as Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal pipped them via their superior goal difference. They face a tough first leg in Northern Ireland, but they will know that an away goal could be vital. With home advantage though, we are backing Northern Ireland to win the first leg, and Bet365 have given them odds of 11/4 to do so.
Bet: Northern Ireland to beat Switzerland in their World Cup playoff first leg: 11/4 @ Bet365>>