Northern Ireland vs Slovenia – Irish searching for three in a row

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Nigel Worthington will be upset after watching his side throw away a lead in Belgrade on Saturday and he will be hoping to put it right straight away when Slovenia visit Windsor Park.

Slovenia may be ranked 17th in the world but Northern Ireland have got the better of them on the previous two occasions and this will be a game that Northern Ireland will be confident of winning.

Match Odds

For a side that has home advantage and winning form against the opposition, 7/4 seems a big price for Northern Ireland to record their third victory in a row against Slovenia.

Except the last win over Slovenia has been Northern Ireland’s only victory in 16 matches and with Slovenia on a four-match unbeaten run away from home, the odds on the draw look appealing at 11/5.

Slovenia, understandably, just shade the favouritism at 8/5 based on their ranking and Northern Ireland’s form, but knowing you can beat the opposition is a big positive in football and it may be worth looking at the 4/6 for Northern Ireland to win in the Slovenia no bet market.

Total Goals

Kyle Lafferty’s absence is a big blow to Worthington’s strategy but as the last two matches between these two have finished 1-0, it’s likely that a single goal will prove the difference once again.

Northern Ireland are 13/2 to make it three 1-0 wins in a row while Slovenia are 11/2 to win 1-0.

The 1-1 draw is also a favoured result at 11/2 and with the odds being short on a low scoring game, backing under 2.5 goals looks the pick of the games betting markets at 8/15.

In Lafferty’s absence, Warren Feeney can get the goal that Northern Ireland will need and he is 7/1 to get the first goal.

A £10 stake on Feeney scoring first and Northern Ireland winning 1-0 would return £340. New customers can sign up here to get £60 in free bets.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.