Kick-off: 1945, 02/09/2021
Stadium: LFF Stadionas, Vilnius
TV: Sky Sports Main Event
Northern Ireland sit third in World Cup qualifying Group C ahead of this trip to Lithuania, who are bottom of the table and yet to pick up a point.
Ian Baraclough’s side will be desperate to take maximum points from this away fixture in Vilnius as they look to keep pace with European champions Italy and Switzerland, who are ahead of them in the pool.
The visitors are 4/5 to bring three points back to Belfast and that is our first Lithuania vs Northern Ireland prediction.
A Look At Lithuania’s Betting Odds
It is almost a year since Lithuania last picked up a victory and their losing run now extends to six matches.
They faced a baptism of fire at the beginning of World Cup qualifying, meeting both Italy and Switzerland in the March window, but have continued to struggle, finishing bottom of the pile at this summer’s Baltic Cup.
Lithuania have also only found the back of the net once since their 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan in November 2020 and a lack of goalscoring prowess has to be a worry for the home side here.
It is 19/20 for them to draw a blank and that is the next pick in our Lithuania vs Northern Ireland betting tips.
A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds
Northern Ireland will be without experienced centre-back Jonny Evans and his brother Corry for the trip to the Baltic state and gaffer Baraclough will be hoping a weakened defence won’t be an issue in this must-win clash.
The manager has quickly had to reinstate Kyle Lafferty to his squad to replace the injured Josh Magennis.
The 33–year-old was originally left out of the group of players picked for September’s matches.
They bounced back from a 2-0 loss in their opening qualifier away to Italy with a 0-0 draw at home to Bulgaria in March and their outings in the summer give plenty of cause for optimism.
A comprehensive 3-0 win over Malta was followed by a creditable 1-0 loss to Euro 2020 quarter-finalists Ukraine.
Baraclough will be hoping his side can build on those performances and we are confident they can bring home a victory here.
Looking at the Lithuania vs Northern Ireland odds, we like 9/4 for an away win and under 2.5 goals.
Spain 4-0 LITHUANIA
Ukraine 1-0 NORTHERN IRELAND
Head-to-head: Lithuania 0-1 Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland 2-2 Lithuania
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