Tuesday 11 June, kick-off 7.45pm
Borisov Arena – Euro 2020 Qualifying
After coming from behind the record an impressive late victory in Estonia on Saturday, Northern Ireland complete their trip to north east Europe against Belarus in this Euro 2020 preview. Michael O’Neill’s side are looking to maintain their perfect start to this qualifying campaign on Tuesday night.
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What’s the story with Belarus vs Northern Ireland?
Is Belarus vs Northern Ireland on TV? Yes, it’s being shown live on Sky Sports.
What happened last time? Northern Ireland beat Belarus 2-1 at Windsor Park back in March. Bolton Wanderers forward Josh Magennis was the match-winner as the Green and White Army celebrated a late victory.
What are the Belarus vs Northern Ireland odds? Belarus are 7/4 in your Euro 2020 predictions, while Northern Ireland are 17/10 and the draw is 21/10. All of those football betting odds are with William Hill, where you can collect £30 in free bets when you sign up here.
Remember that time…Ireland beat Belarus 3-0 in Belfast? Kyle Lafferty, Conor Washington and Will Grigg got the goals at Windsor Park in May 2016. It was the only time the countries had met before their match earlier this year.
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Last six: DWWLLL
There’s plenty of experience in the home squad coming into these Belarus v Northern Ireland predictions. The majority of the players ply their trade in their homeland too – 15 of 23. The White Wings switched to a back five in their defeat to Germany at the weekend, but we can expect them to return to a four-man defence for this game.
Last six: LDLWWW
Irish captain Steven Davis won his 110th cap on Saturday, and is closing in on Pat Jennings’ national record of 119. Magennis will no doubt hope for a start after another decisive contribution at the weekend, but O’Neill could choose to keep his super-sub in reserve for later on once again.
Belarus vs Northern Ireland prediction, preview and betting tips
While Northern Ireland have a 100% record at the start of their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, Belarus have the exact opposite. Igor Kriushenko’s side have lost all three of their opening games, while Norn Iron beat the White Wings just a few months ago. The away team come into these football predictions with their tails up and hoping to keep their good thing going.
Josh Magennis kept Ireland’s perfect start rolling with an 80th-minute winner in Estonia on Saturday. That 2-1 victory mirrored Magennis’s contribution against Belarus in the game before, when he struck in the 87th minute. This is going to be an incredibly tough group for Northern Ireland to get out of, with Germany and Holland in the mix. The Irish need to win all of their games against the lesser sides if they’re going to have any chance.
They’ve managed that so far, but this Belarus v Northern Ireland prediction is only their second fixture away from home. The Belarusians have had to play both Germany and Holland in their opening three matches, while the Irish have avoided the big boys to this point. Win this though, and O’Neill’s side will have a puncher’s chance of upsetting the odds in their final four games.
We’re backing the Irish to get the job done on Tuesday night. Norn Iron are 17/10 to get the win in your Belarus vs Northern Ireland betting tips. Belarus hit the back of the net in Belfast though, so we’re backing both teams to score predictions at 23/20. Ireland to win and both teams to score is 11/2 with Betfred.
With that in mind, you can also back over 2.5 goals in this game at 13/8 with the same bookmaker. You can add Ireland to that as the winners for 9/2, with a 2-1 away win 10/1 in your football score predictions. If you want football tips with big odds, you could add Magennis as the last scorer once again for 83/1.
Belarus vs Northern Ireland first goalscorer predictions
There’s competition for places up front for Northern Ireland. Liam Boyce got the nod on Saturday, but was replaced at half-time by Conor Washington, who drew his team level. Magennis is also pushing for a start, while Kyle Lafferty’s international goal drought probably rules him out of the XI. Washington is 8/1 with Betfair in the first goalscorer odds for this game, while Magennis is 9/1.
Northern Ireland to win
Over 2.5 goals
Northern Ireland to win and both teams to score
Northern Ireland to win 2-1 and Magennis to score last
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