The England fixture may be off and the Republic of Ireland, Scotland and Wales may all be involved in firendlies tonight, but Northern Ireland have a competitive game on their hands.
The Faroe Islands visit Belfast tonight for the Group C European Qualifying fixture and with this being the only game in the group taking place, Northern Ireland could propel themselves into third with a win.
On FIFA rankings, they face a real battle with the Faroe Island’s at Windsor Park tonight considering they lost to Wales in the Carling Nations Cup and Wales are ranked lower than the Faroes.
Having drawn with the Faroes in Torshavn earlier in the year, Nigel Worthington’s side have plenty to prove tonight, especially after drawing with Italy and Slovenia at Windsor Park.
Three times the two countries have met and twice they’ve shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, but anything less than a win tonight would be considered a failure and Worthington’s job will be on the line.
Northern Ireland are 2/9 to beat the Faroe Islands tonight but Worthington admits it won’t be easy against an organised Faroe Islands team.
A 2-0 victory over Estonia in Torshavn means the Faroes come in to the game in real confidence although they have managed just the one win and two draws away from home since Septemeber 2009.
At 12/1 to win tonight the Faroes are the real outsiders tonight and it seems the best result they could hope for is a draw, but Northern Ireland’s lack of goalscorers means this could be tight.
Northern Ireland have managed just four goals in 13 matches since the start of 2010 and it looks as if punters are buying money at 11/10 for under 2.5 goals in the match.
A 1-0 victory for Northern Ireland is available at 6/1 and while the Irish will edge the win, it’s going to be a nervy night at Windsor Park.