Switzerland vs Northern Ireland betting tips and predictions for the second leg in their World Cup qualifier on Sunday 12th November at 5:00pm. Read our betting preview for the match below.
Northern Ireland have it all to do coming into this fixture following their 1-0 defeat to Switzerland on Thursday night. The Swiss side secured a 1-0 aggregate lead during the week, but it was thanks to a controversial penalty decision which allowed Ricardo Rodriguez to stroke home from the spot. See the best betting tip for Switzerland vs Northern Ireland and our betting predictions can be found below.
There is no doubt that Switzerland got fortunate with the penalty in the first leg, but they still only hold a one goal advantage over Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland only conceded six goals in their group stage matches and five of those goals came against Germany. Michael O’Neill will know his side can’t afford to concede on Sunday otherwise they’ll have a huge task on their hands. We think that with their defensive capabilities, Ireland will be able to avoid defeat in this one. We are backing Northern Ireland double chance for the first of our Switzerland vs Northern Ireland predictions, and it’s best odds at 8/5 with Bet365.
We expect Northern Ireland to try and nullify the Swiss attack for as long as possible and then go for a goal towards the end of the match. There is something in this Northern Ireland side that can grab a goal here in Switzerland, and that was proven when they managed to score against the Germans last month. Our second Switzerland vs Northern Ireland betting tip is going to be Northern Ireland +1 handicap, and it’s best valued at 7/4 with Ladbrokes. Get a £20 free bet using this Ladbrokes free bet offer.
Chris Brunt will have the job of marking Stoke winger Xherdan Shaqiri this weekend, and with Ireland needing a goal, we expect the game to become more stretched in the latter stages of the match and that’ll favour the Swiss winger. Brunt was carded in his last group stage match against Norway, and we think the left-back will be going into the referee’s notebook again this weekend. Chris Brunt to be carded is the last of our Switzerland vs Northern Ireland predictions and the odds are 5/2 at Bet Victor.
There are no real injury worries for the Swiss while Michael O’Neill will have Paddy McNair and Jamie Ward back in the squad following their lengthy absences. The pair were in the squad on Thursday. Hearts defender Aaron Hughes returned from injury and was on the bench too.
There have only been four meetings between the sides in the history of this fixture. The Swiss have won two, while Ireland have won once. The latest result was on Thursday were Ricardo Rodriguez’s penalty secure a 1-0 win for Switzerland.