Estonia v Northern Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 04, 2019
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Northern Ireland are looking to maintain their 100% start to Euro 2020 qualifying this weekend, as they travel to Estonia on Saturday. Michael O’Neill’s side beat the Estonians 2-0 at Windsor Park a few months ago, with this their first away game in the section.
Niall McGinn gave Ireland the lead when the teams met in Belfast in March, before Steven Davis doubled the hosts’ lead. That was the first time the countries had met since they faced each other in qualifying for Euro 2012. Estonia won both meetings in that campaign, 4-1 at home and 2-1 away.
Captain Davis is set to win his 110th cap this weekend, leaving him just nine short of Pat Jennings’ national record. His Rangers team mate Kyle Lafferty is set to lead the line, and is the only other player in the squad who’s reached double figures in goals for his country.
Estonia have plenty of experience in their squad, including the 112-cap Konstantin Vassiljev. Fulham youngster Mattias Kait will hope for another start, while 30-year-old forward Sergei Zenjov is set to feature in attack.
Estonia v Northern Ireland Preview and Predictions
After a disappointing Nations League campaign that saw them fail to take a single point from four matches against Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Northern Ireland have bounced back with two wins from two at the start of their quest to reach Euro 2020. This is their toughest test so far though, as they look to make it back-to-back victories over Estonia.
Ireland’s first two fixtures were both on home soil, but their last away game was a goalless draw against the Republic. With Holland and Germany both in this group, Ireland and Estonia face a hugely difficult challenge to finish in the top two. For Michael O’Neill’s side, a result this weekend is crucial, as the Nations League isn’t likely to give them a route to next summer’s showpiece.
The same goes for Estonia, whose defeat to the Irish is the only game they’ve played so far. The Blueshirts are playing on home soil for the first time since last October, following a run of six straight games on the road. Their last victory at home was against Lithuania back in May 2018, with three defeats and a draw following that.
Their poor form contributes to the odds for this game, with Ireland the 11/10 favourites for the win. Estonia are priced at 37/10 to get their campaign off the ground with three points, while the draw’s available at 9/4.
Northern Ireland to win and BTTS at 9/2
Estonia’s last home game saw six goals, while Ireland have only kept one clean sheet in their last four on the road.
Northern Ireland to win 2-1 at 9/1
The Irish aren’t usually big scorers though, so the visitors can’t afford to concede too many goals if they’re going to take the victory.