San Marino vs Northern Ireland: predictions and betting tips on March 23, 2023
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On March 23, San Marino Stadium (Serravalle) will host the match of the first round of the Euro 2024 Qualification, in which San Marino will compete with Northern Ireland. The battle will start at 20:45 CET.
The team is struggling for sole “leadership” in terms of staying at the bottom of the standings. However, what should we expect from the team, which represents the enclave with a population of just over 30 thousand people, like in a small town? Still, playing in the previous UEFA Nations League, all four matches were lost not only to Estonia, but even to Malta, moreover, those defeats were “dry”. It was a great achievement and success that there happened the draws in the friendly matches with the Seychelles and Saint Lucia in 2022. The second from the higher mentioned opponents even scored a goal – 1-1. This time there will be much more status opponents and the following battle is not a training one – thus, it will be more difficult to achieve a result in an official match.
The national team is traditionally listed the fourth among the British ones. Not so long ago, it, being under the rule of O’Neill, was able to develop such a style of performance that allowed to use the trump cards and level out the weak sides. As a result, there was a break-through to Euro 2016, and, having beaten the national team of Ukraine, “the Northern Irish” even reached the play-offs. Then, the rivals got used to this simple tactic and found an effective counteraction to it. The level of players has not become higher – the team is still forced to invite the representatives of the League One from neighbouring England, or even from less status clubs. And the mentor, Baraclough, was not so good. The previous UEFA Nations League became a real indicator of the team’s potential. It lost both battles to the Greeks there, achieved two draws in the matches against Cyprus and exchanged victories in the struggle with Kosovo. The higher mentioned results, only thanks to additional indicators, brought the 3rd place in the group. Nowadays, there is hope associated with O’Neill’s return. At the same time, such leaders as Lafferty and Davis are not available – this proves the continuous troubles with the players.
The statistics of head-to-head matches
The opponents met each other twice at the level of qualification. Both times Northern Ireland took the victory: a home 4-0 success and an away 3-0 one.
Bookmakers believe that a kind of similar result will happen in the following battle. Thus, we bet that the guests will beat San Marino with “a -2.5 goal handicap” (odd: 1.77).
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