Northern Ireland will host Italy in Group C of the World Qualifying European Championship on November 15, 2021 at 7:45 p.m. UTC.
Northern Ireland is currently ranked 58th in the world, the team’s performance in this year’s World Qualifying Tournament is average. 7 group games later, 2 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses, with 8 points ranked 3rd in the group, 7 points away from the former Switzerland, there is no chance to advance.
In terms of statistics, Northern Ireland has scored 6 goals and conceded 7 in 7 group games, averaging less than 1 goal per game on the offensive end.
Northern Ireland’s last group game at home against Lithuania, the team dominated the field, with 65% possession, 5 out of 15 shots on goal, and more than twice as many shots as the opponent.
The opponent gave away a own goal in the 17th minute of the opening game, after which the two sides opened a stalemate mode and finally Northern Ireland took the opponent 1-0.
It is worth noting that Northern Ireland has a good home record, with an unbeaten record of 1 win and 2 draws in 3 home matches.
Italy has had a very strong year, and the Blues have now surged to No. 4 in the world rankings, thanks largely to their success in winning the Euros this summer.
In the European qualifying rounds of the World Cup, Italy has won 4 and drawn 3 out of 7 group matches, and is now temporarily topping the ranking with 15 points.
However, it is worth noting that the Blues are currently on the same points as Switzerland behind them, with only a slight advantage of 2 goal difference.From the current situation, if Italy wants to be ranked first in the group to directly get the World Cup qualification, this game not only needs to win, but also to get the goal difference as much as possible.
Although the strength of the Italian team is strong, but from the current lineup, due to injury, some of the core players were not selected, such as the attacking end of Immobile left leg flounder muscle injury; the main defender Spinazzola has been recovering from injury.
From the 1-1 draw with Switzerland last game, the strength of the Blues is down and the form is not as strong as during the Euros. The good thing is that Italy’s offense and defense are still praiseworthy, scoring 13 goals and conceding 2 in 7 World Cup matches, which is a very good offensive and defensive statistic.
In the past encounters between the two teams, Northern Ireland has faced Italy 4 times, with 1 draw and 3 losses, and is at a disadvantage.
Italy is currently fighting with Switzerland for the first place in the group, with only 2 goal difference, this game not only need to win, but also need to get more goal difference.
It’s not difficult for Italy to win this match, but it’s just a matter of how many goal difference they can get.
Prediction：Italy to win @1.23
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