Northern Ireland v Lithuania betting tips: Baraclough boys going for second win
N Ireland v Lithuania betting tips and preview
Thursday’s World Cup qualifiers at Windsor Park pits together two nations who are out of the running for a top-two place in Group C.
Back to-back defeats against Switzerland and Bulgaria ended Northern Ireland’s hopes of booking their flight to Qatar, so they are effectively playing for third place.
Ian Baraclough’s side are 4/9 favourites to win in Belfast on Friday night but let’s examines some of the other options in our N Ireland v Lithuania betting tips.
Fourth-placed Northern Ireland have just five points after six games, two clear of bottom-of-the table Lithuania, the team they crushed 4-1 in Vilnius two months ago for their only victory.
Three of Lithuania’s four goals in qualifying came in a surprising 3-1 victory over Bulgaria which means they have failed to score in five of their seven matches, so we go 21/20 on the hosts winning to nil.
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) November 4, 2021
Friday’s match will be Lithuania’s final group game, losing all three away games without scoring, two of which were 1-0 defeats by Bulgaria and Switzerland, so we go 21/5 on a repeat of that scoreline.
The hosts to win or draw, score at least twice and keep a clean sheet is available at 2/1 in our N Ireland v Lithuania betting tips.
Baraclough played three at the back in a 3-5-2 when the nations clashed at the start of September and the Northern Ireland coach is expected to line up his players in similar fashion on Friday.
Brothers Jonny and Corry Evans have been recalled after recovering from injuries and with little depending on the game, Baraclough has drafted in 17-year-old Nottingham Forest striker Dale Taylor and Reading goalkeeper Luke Southwood.
Preston’s Ali McCann and Manchester United’s Ethan Galbraith, on loan at Doncaster, is also back but Shayne Lavery is still injured while Hearts striker Liam Boyce remains unavailable for personal reasons.
Lithuania played a 4-2-3-1 against Northern Ireland in which Edgaras Dubickas was the sole striker but Karolis Laukzemis is expected to lead the line on Friday.
Where: Windsor Park, Belfast
When: 19:45, Friday 12th November
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication