Northern Ireland v New Zealand Preview and Tips
Northern Ireland can keep the momentum going when they face New Zealand at Windsor Park tonight
June 2nd, 2017
Northern Ireland have been having a fine old time of things recently and continue to punch well above their weight. Michael O’Neill’s men have enjoyed an excellent start to their World Cup qualifying campaign and sit second to Germany in their group having collected ten points from their opening five outings. Their next qualifier will see them take on an Azerbaijan side which they thrashed 4-0 in the last meeting in November, however O’Neill’s men will be in action tonight when they host New Zealand at Windsor Park.
The Northern Ireland coach won’t be able to call upon the services of Jamie Ward, Conor Washington or Paddy McNair and he will therefore be giving a few youngsters and fringe players a chance to shine in this international friendly as they battle for a starting place in Azerbaijan.
Liam Boyce, Shay McCartan, Matthew Lund and Paul Paton will likely appear in this clash with a New Zealand side which will use this fixture as part of their build-up for their appearance in the Confederations Cup later this month.
The visitors possess an impressive record as we head into this clash with one solitary defeat in their last 16 matches and clean-sheets in the last four outings. Nevertheless these were against much inferior opposition and whilst the Northern Irish will be without the services of numerous key players they shouldn’t have too many problems in grinding out a narrow victory against the Kiwis at Windsor Park this evening.
Should he get a starting berth in tonight’s match, we’ll also be siding with striker Liam Boyce to get his name onto the scoresheet at generous odds of 2/1 with Bet365.