Northern Ireland vs Switzerland by Obertino
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The Swiss are the same qualifying campaign should be dissatisfied, although scored much more than Northern Ireland. The team of Vladimir Petkovic failed just one match - the last and fatal, with Portugal on the road. As a result, the champions of Europe beat the rival on the goal difference, and Switzerland went to the playoffs with 27 points!
In the current two-legged duel, the Switzerlands are favorites, but Petkovic rightly fears the atmosphere at Windsor Park:
"For every single combat we lost, for every inaccurate pass the audience will react as if the hosts scored a goal."
With such a mood, the stands in Belfast can 20-30% to ensure the result and it is verry important for the home team not to loose the first game and the fans will help for that. For four years they lost once in Belfast, losing, of course, the Germans. It will be appropriate to recall that in the national team of Switzerland, ten people represent the Bundesliga.
The fact that seven Swiss players "sit" on yellow cards - among them the rising star Zakaria and Rodriguez - provides a headache for Petkovic. So if in Belfast, guests can not cope with nerves and begin to be rude, to the second leg the Swiss national team will be seriously weakened. However, the owners of personnel problems are not ignored. Supervisor Aron Hughes, out of action at the end of September, does not have time to recover to the playoffs. According to doctors, the 37-year-old defender needs another week, and better - ten days.
More than half a century ago, these teams have already competed for entering the World Cup, having been in the same group. In personal meetings, competitors exchanged victories; before the last round, Northern Ireland with young George Best was in a better position, but at a decisive moment stumbled 1:1 in Albania and missed the Swiss at the 1966 World Cup. From then until now, rivals in official tournaments did not overlap.
Matches involving nortairis rarely bring an abundance of goals. On the "Windsor Park" I expect a tough, but inefficient game in which and of the two teams can win, but most importantly for me is that the away team must play safe to keep their best for the second leg and that's why I don't expect much cards today. Both teams played quite clear in this qualification for the WC 2018 and in the circumstances I mentioned less than 4.5 cards is a good pick in my opinion.
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|Under 4.5 (Asian Total Cards)||Bet365||1.80||10||2 WON (+8 units)|
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