Date: October 11, 2014
Venue: Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Kick off time: 19:45 hrs BST.
Northern Ireland takes on the one of the dwarfs of world football in Faroe Island at Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland on 11th October 2014 from 1945 BST. Usually a one sided affair with the main point of interest being the goal difference which might become important at the end.
Northern Ireland form: L-D-L-L-W
Northern Ireland ended a series of dreadful results with an away win against a spirited Hungary side. They should drive home that result with a win against an unfancied Faroe Island, which will put them in a commanding position in the group.
Faroe Islands form: D-L-L-W-L
Faroe Island is a football team with very limited resources but is leaning all the time. They might lose a lot of matches but always have a few goals in them. With a win against Gibraltar back in March they can raise a few eyebrows with their performances.
Northern Ireland: Jonny Evans.
This Manchester United centre back must shut out any opportunity for Faroe Islands to score. Without conceding a goal the Northern Ireland forward line will break down the Faroe Island defence sooner or later and queue up to score more. A clean sheet will also add gloss to the goal difference column in the league table.
Faroe Islands: Christian Holts.
This 32-year-old playmaker is crucial for Faroe Island to get something out of this match. Northern Ireland is not a steady team by any means. They have a few chinks in their defence which can be exploited with a few delightful through passes. Christian Holts will pull the strings to orchestrate a few such happenings.
Faroe Islands will continue to find it difficult to win this, although Northern Ireland’s form isn’t that great either and will be a cause for concern. Northern Ireland start at 1.28 with bet365, and that’s the best you will get for this result. There could be a goal-glut here, with bet365 offering 1.8 for more than 2.5 goals in the game.