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Northern Ireland v Belarus Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

March 22, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Windsor Park - EURO 2020 Qualifier

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland side host Belarus at home this weekend in their second qualifier in a week for Euro 2020.

Past Meetings

Northern Ireland have only faced Belarus once before in international action, with a 3-0 win back in 2016 friendly in Belfast, with Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington and Will Grigg on target for the hosts.

Team News

O'Neill has no fresh injury concerns following their midweek win over Estonia, with Premier League stars Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart included in the squad.

Veteran striker Lafferty has been included in the squad, with the Rangers forward looking to extend on his 20 goals in international action.

Belarus have included former Arsenal midfielder Alexander Hleb in their squad, with the 37 year-old set to make his 80th appearance for Belarus.

Northern Ireland v Belarus Predictions and Preview

O'Neill's side enjoyed a dream start to action in their EURO 2020 qualification campaign, with a 2-0 win over Estonia at Windsor Park on Thursday night. That result places Northern Ireland second in Group C, behind German on goal difference, and he will be targeting maximum points in their opening two games.

Belarus lost 4-0 away against Ronald Koeman's Dutch side, and they will be aiming to avoid bottom place in Group C at the end of the qualification campaign.

O'Neill's side continue to be a well drilled unit and they fully deserved their win over Estonia in their opening game, and six points from two games would put them in a strong position.

The visitors capitulated in their game in Amsterdam and the home side should have more than enough to get all three points in this tie - priced at 4/5.

They have never been a side filled with goals during O'Neill's tenure, and that is set to continue in the coming months, and with that in mind an under 2.5 total goals scored bet is available at 1/2.

Recommended Bets

Northern Ireland to win 2-0 at 11/2

The hosts have bounced back from their World Cup qualification disappointment with a pragmatic 2-0 victory against Estonia this time around. O'Neill knows his side need to pick up as many points as possible against the lesser side in their group, with a trip to Amsterdam and a home game against German before the end of 2019.

Steven Davis to score anytime at 11/2

The experienced Southampton midfielder, currently on loan at Rangers, has been a reliable goal scorer for Northern Ireland and his penalty against Estonia secured the 2-0 win. He will be a consistent threat from set pieces for the home team.

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