Northern Ireland can’t afford to fluff their lines in Torshavn
Torsvollur Stadium in Torshavn is undoubtedly one of world football’s strangest outposts. It only holds 6,000 spectators but its unusual setting can be unsettling for opposition players and, even though we are just entering autumn, it won’t be picnic weather in the Faroes.
Greece certainly didn’t enjoy the surroundings in June as the Faroese completed the double over the former European champions with a goal from Jóan Símun Edmundsson. The 24-year-old midfielder is one of several in the Faroe Islands squad who play their football in Denmark. Hallor Hansson is another and also pops up with the odd goal while leading striker Christian Holst scored on the last occasion that Northern Ireland visited the Faroes in 2010.
It’s vital they add to victories already achieved in Hungary and Greece, however, in Torshavn or next week’s match with the Hungarians at Windsor Park could become a make-or-break affair. O’Neill has called up Dundee United’s Billy McKay to replace the injured Ben Reeves and there are still doubts over wide men Jamie Ward and Chris Brunt. But his side will have no real excuses if they fall short having already won the reverse fixture in Belfast, when they should have more goals to show for their endeavours.
Northern Ireland can occasionally make hard work of fixtures like this but they are so close to a place at next year’s finals so that should ensure some urgency. The away side are 43/20 to win by one in our Winning Margins marketAdd to betslip and we are offering 8/15 that there are Under 2.5 goals in our Totals bettingAdd to betslip.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday, September 4th at the Torsvollur, Torshavn
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