Northern Ireland vs Russia Betting Tips and Predictions


Northern Ireland host Group F leaders Russia this Friday Night at Windsor Park with a win for the Moscow Men on the cards.

The Sbornaya currently boast a 100% Record and face a side that has failed to beat both Azerbaijan and the mighty Luxembourg on home soil. Indeed it took a goal in the 96th minute to salvage a draw against Milli Komanda and whilst Fabio Capello has been making noises about how difficult this tie could be, I can’t see it be anything other than a win for his side.

The Russians are top price 8/15 (general) to take the three points, the draw can be backed at 31/10 with Bwin and the more foolhardy can side with the Green and White Army at 7/1 with BetVictor. Whilst I expect a Russian win, 8/15 doesn’t really get me excited, so I’ll be looking to see if we can find some better odds elsewhere.

Russia -1 at 17/10 does appeal as one would expect them to win by more than a single goal margin. In their last seven away matches, they have done so four times, including games against Denmark (0-2), Italy (0-3) and their only away tie so far in this group which was a resounding 0-4 victory in Israel. With that in mind the 17/10 with PaddyPower gets the vote.

Moving on we shall delve into the correct score market. It’s a well-known theory that in international football, when you have an odds on favourite, that 2-0 is the preferred score line to bet. This is because when the favourite gets to 2-0, the game is won and they can take their foot off the gas and play out the rest of the game. 2-0 on Friday night is currently 11/2 and a more speculative choice is the 3-0 at 11/1, both prices are with BetVictor.

Betting Tips

Russia -1 @ 17/10 with Paddy Power

Russia 2-0 @ 11/2 with Bet Victor

Russia 3-0 @ 11/1 with Bet Victor

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