Northern Ireland vs Lithuania prediction, World Cup, football

Northern Ireland vs Lithuania: Hosts to grind out win

Kick-off: 1945, 12/11/2021

Stadium: Windsor Park

TV: Sky Sports

Northern Ireland’s World Cup hopes were dashed some time ago but they have been far from disgraced in Group C and can see off Lithuania.

Ian Baraclough’s side romped to a 4-1 win when these teams met in Vilnius a couple of months ago and can confirm that superiority at Windsor Park.

The visitors have failed to score on three previous road trips, so 11/10 for a home win to nil is our first Northern Ireland vs Lithuania prediction.

A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds

Northern Ireland have secured just the one success in this pool but have generally performed with credit in a series of solid displays.

Scoring goals has been the problem, with the men in green only netting once more aside from that Vilnius victory.

They lost 2-0 in Italy and drew 0-0 at home to Bulgaria before the big win over Lithuania.

That was followed by a goalless stalemate with Switzerland in Belfast and a 2-0 loss to the same opponents in Geneva.

Last time out, Conor Washington put Ireland ahead on 37 minutes away to Bulgaria but a second-half double from Todor Nedelev turned things around.

However, this is a chance to boost morale before Italy visit on Monday and Baraclough said: “We want to finish the campaign on a high.

“We have two home games with our own fans in the stadium, so we want them to go home looking forward to the UEFA Nations League and Euro qualifiers which are coming up.”

Looking at the 21/10 for a home win and under 2.5 goals.

A Look At Lithuania’s Betting Odds

Lithuania lost their first four qualifiers but the clash with Northern Ireland at LFF Stadium was a rare open contest.

They went down 1-0 when travelling to Switzerland and Bulgaria and were beaten 2-0 by Italy in Vilnius.

Last month brought a welcome 3-1 triumph over Bulgaria on home turf for former Hearts boss Valdas Ivanauskas, thanks to a late brace by Fedor Cyrnych.

However, Lithuania were quickly brought back down to earth when hammered 4-0 by an on-song Switzerland three days later.

Baraclough told the Irish FA’s official website: “We know the Lithuanians are strong, resolute and really compact.

“They had a good result at home to Bulgaria and have a new coach who is starting to implement things that he wants to get across to them and you can see that.”

Let’s finish off our Northern Ireland vs Lithuania betting tips by taking 3/1 for Draw HT/Northern Ireland FT.

Additional stats

Last result:

Bulgaria 2-1 NORTHERN IRELAND – Conor Washington

LITHUANIA 0-4 Switzerland

Head-to-head: Lithuania 1-4 N Ireland

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