Draw wouldn’t be a disaster for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland must be in dreamland after their hard-fought win over the Faroe Islands in Torshavn propelled them to the top of Group F.
Northern Ireland haven’t reached a major international tournament since the 1986 World Cup but Michael O’Neill’s team can end that long absence from Europe’s top table with victory over Hungary in Belfast on Monday evening.
Kyle Lafferty scored against the Faroe Islands and now has six in the qualifiers. The tall striker can’t get a game for his club Norwich but comes alive when he dons the green shirt of his country and scored a late winner when these two sides met at the Nepstadion a year ago.
Hungary are the only team that can catch Northern Ireland and second-placed Romania and have only lost once themselves in qualifying. They only drew 0-0 with Romania in Budapest on Friday but now haven’t conceded in four matches and will likely be hard to break down at Windsor Park.
Victory, however, is paramount for Bernd Storck’s Magyars whereas a draw wouldn’t be a disaster for Northern Ireland with only two games remaining, from which they’d only need one win should they avoid defeat against the Hungarians.
It’s a pity that Windsor Park is still being redeveloped as a full house would have been guaranteed for this one. However, the place will still be rocking and expecting Northern Ireland to do what’s required. Hungary’s defensive record suggests this won’t be cake-walk, however, and we’ve priced up the draw at 21/10. Under 2.5 total goals is 40/85.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Monday, September 7th at Windsor Park
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