Switzerland welcomes Northern Ireland to Stade de Geneve, Geneva, in a tough showdown in Group C.
Switzerland’s victory would take them six points away from Northern Ireland and come closer to sealing a spot in the Qualifying Play-Offs, while Northern Ireland can go to second place with a win.
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Gregor Kobel is the only one absent from Switzerland after retiring from the team with a knee injury.
Northern Ireland will be without Trevor Carson in goal after the Dundee United goalkeeper failed a fitness test earlier this week.
Michael Smith (thigh), Gavin Whyte (Coronavirus), Ali McCann (ankle) and Shayne Lavery (hamstring) are also ruled out.
- Switzerland are unbeaten in four of the previous five World Cup Qualifiers against Northern Ireland (W.2, D2, L1)
- Northern Ireland have not won in two qualifying rounds before the World Cup away from Switzerland (D1, L1).
- Switzerland have drawn four of their last six matches in all competitions (G2, D4).
- Northern Ireland have scored first in each of their last two away games in all competitions.
- Both clubs have yet to prove defeat in matches refereed by Slavko Vincic: Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1 in this summer’s European Championship and Northern Ireland drew 0-0 against the Republic of Ireland in November 2018.
Having stuttered to two goalless draws in their last two games, including Belfast against Ireland, Switzerland hopes they can find that clinical breakthrough in their shooting ability if they want to rekindle their hopes of leading Group C.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland realistically needs to win here if it wants to have any chance of qualifying for the Play-Offs, although it can cheer up with a daring effort at home against Switzerland last month, in which they played well outside the league. defense and defended well. when necessary.
However, this should be a tough match because Switzerland are unbeaten in their last six matches, but have drawn four matches in that streak, while Northern Ireland has nothing to lose and I can see them trying out a counter-attack strategy that could give their fruits if you’re clinical from the beginning and solid on the defensive.
Prediction: Switzerland 1-1 Northern Ireland