Northern Ireland will travel to the Tofig Bahramov Republican Stadium in Baku this Saturday, June 10th where they’ll take on Azerbaijan in a big Group C 2018 World Cup qualifying match. Reigning World Cup champions Germany currently lead group C with 15 points. Northern Ireland is in second with 10 points and is followed by the Czech Republic with eight, Azerbaijan with seven, Norway with three and San Marino with no points.
Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland – bet365 World Cup Qualifying Betting Line:
- In World Cup Qualifying Betting, bet365 currently lists Northern Ireland as the favorites to win the game at 13/10 with Azerbaijan 12/5 and a draw at 2/1
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World Cup Qualifying Betting – Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland Head to Head:
- These two teams have met just five times in the past in competitive games with Northern Ireland winning two, losing one and drawing the other two. They’ve also outscored Azerbaijan 7-3 in those games. Their last meeting was a World Cup qualifier in Belfast, Northern Ireland on November 11th with the home side winning 4-0. Azerbaijan’s lone win came in the previous game when they won 2-0 at home in October of 2013.
Azerbaijan – A Closer Look:
Azerbaijan enters the match in fourth place in the six-team group with seven points. They have a two wins, a draw and two losses with just three goals scored and eight against. The team is ranked number 87 in the world by FIFA and has two wins, a draw and two losses in their past five contests. They were thumped 4-1 at home by Germany in their last World Cup qualifying match in March. Their highest-ever world ranking was 73rd in July of 2014.
Azerbaijan is currently managed by Robert Prosinecki of Croatia with Rashad Sadygov as the team’s captain. The country is hoping to qualify for its first ever World Cup, and it appears the best they’d be able to do in this group is reach second place if they can go on a winning streak. They’ve never qualified for a European Championship tournament either since the team’s inception in 1992.
Northern Ireland – A Closer Look:
Northern Ireland enters the game in second place in Group C in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They have 10 points from three wins, a draw and a loss with 10 goals scored just two against. Northern Ireland is currently the 26th ranked team in the world by FIFA and has three victories and a pair of defeats in their last five contests. Their last outing was a 2-0 home win over Norway in a World Cup qualifier in March.
The nation’s highest FIFA world ranking was 25 last June. Northern Ireland is currently managed by Michael O’Neill with Steven Davis as its captain. They have qualified for three World Cups in the past with their best showing being a quarterfinals appearance in Sweden in 1958. They’ve also qualified for one European Championship tournament in the past which was last summer in France. The squad played well and made it to the round-of-16.
World Cup Qualifying Betting – Azerbaijan vs Northern Ireland Takeaway:
Northern Ireland likely has no chance of catching Germany in this group, but needs to win to stay ahead of the Czech Republic and Azerbaijan. A win by Azerbaijan will put then the thick of the race for second spot. There are nine European groups of six teams with the group winners automatically qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The eight second-place teams with the best records will enter a two-game playoff series.