Northern Ireland vs Morocco – Visitors will struggle to acclimatise

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Northern Ireland boss Nigel Worthington has defended his decision to drop record goalscorer David Healy as he prepares another decimated international side.

Northern Ireland have been rocked by the withdrawal of eleven players which leaves Worthington with no other choice but to hand debuts to Preston midfielder Adam Barton and Aberdeen defender Lee Hodson.

Match Odds

The Moroccan side may come to regret traveling to Belfast for Wednesday night’s friendly as the weather forecast suggests harsh playing conditions in temperatures of 2°C.

Compared with the 21°C of Marrakesh, it would be no surprise if Morocco were caught cold and Worthington’s side stormed to victory – Northern Ireland are 6/4 to beat Morocco.

Northern Ireland have made a strong start to their European qualifying group and the 0-0 draw with Italy will have given Worthington’s side plenty of confidence.

But Morocco are unbeaten in their last five, but have only won two of those and at 9/5, Morocco seem a little short to beat Northern Ireland.

Total Goal

Without record goalscorer Healy in the side, Worthington will look to West Bromwich Albion’s Chris Brunt and Plymouth Argyle’s Rory Patterson to score the goals – the two are 14/1 and 8/1 to score the first goal.

But the Irish have only managed two goals in their last eleven matches while Morocco have only managed nine, and the Windsor Park faithful may be in for a game which is as damp as the weather.

Under 1.5 goals is available at 2/1, but in Marouane Chamakh, Moroccco can boast a striker who has scored eight goals in 16 starts for Arsenal and the Gunners striker is 6/1 to get the first goal.

The game is likely to be decided by a single goal and a 1-0 win is priced at 5/1 in favour of both Northern Ireland and Morocco.

Northern Ireland are 2/1 to keep a clean sheet. See the full Northern Ireland vs Morocco betting odds here.

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