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Switzerland vs Northern Ireland FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Tips - Swiss tipped to triumph

  • UEFA FIFA World Cup Qualifiers Group C fixture will take place at Stade de Genève on Saturday (19:45 BST)
  • Switzerland are ranked 2nd in the group with 8 points 
  • Northern Ireland are in 3rd spot with 5 points
  • Switzerland and Northern Ireland fought to a goalless draw in Belfast last month
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Switzerland and Northern Ireland face off again. (PAUL FAITH/AFP via Getty Images)
Northern Ireland travel to Geneva with the chance to go second in their FIFA World Cup qualifying group. 

Both sides are chasing Group C leaders Italy but second spot will mean a place in the play-offs, so this is a key game for the two teams.

Northern Ireland have five points, nine behind group leaders Italy but having played two fewer games, and three points behind the Swiss, who have also played just four games.

Ian Baraclough’s side have only lost one of their last five World Cup qualifying games (W1 D3), a 2-0 defeat to Italy, but their three drawn games in this run have all been goalless, with the Irish scoring in just one of their last seven qualifiers, a 4-1 away win at Lithuania in September.

The Swiss have only lost three of their last 32 games (W24 D5) in major tournament qualifiers for the Euros/World Cup. They have drawn the last two – being held goalless by Italy and Northern Ireland.

Switzerland have never lost against Northern Ireland on home soil (W1 D2). Northern Ireland haven’t scored in any of their last four games against Switzerland (D3 L1), but three of those have ended goalless. .

In their last three meetings – all in World Cup qualifiers between November 2017 and September 2021 - Switzerland and Northern Ireland have scored just one goal between them from 63 shots combined, a penalty scored by Switzerland’s Ricardo Rodriguez in November 2017. 

Last month's meeting between the two sides in Belfast resulted in a goalless draw with Bailey Peacock-Farrell saving Haris Seferovic's penalty proving to be the main highlight of the match.

Baraclough has an injury crisis to deal with in the rematch as six players have withdrawn from his squad through injury. Dundee United goalkeeper Trevor Carson, Hearts defender Michael Smith, Preston midfielder Alistair McCann, Oxford winger Gavin Whyte and Blackpool striker Shayne Lavery are all out.

The injuries are a tough break for Baraclough’s men. The job was always going to be a difficult one, as Switzerland are unbeaten in their last 17 World Cup qualifiers on home soil (W12 D5) since losing 2-1 to Luxembourg back in September 2008. They have kept 13 clean sheets in those matches.

As for the Swiss, Granit Xhaka remains out but Xherdan Shaqiri is back after missing out last month's duel. 

Verdict

The two teams fought to a goalless draw the last time out but we expect the Swiss to prevail in their rematch.

Best Bet: Switzerland Winner @1/3 at Coral - 1 Unit
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