The battle for the first place in Group F sees Northern Ireland travel to Romania for a fourth consecutive win. The hosts managed everything since the last round of matches; they changed the coach, and vow to keep the trend to concede very few goals. In the first three games Romania conceded just one goal and have seven points out of the possible nine.
Anghel Iordanescu is aware of the danger Northern Ireland has and sated: “They are dangerous on the counter attack and from set-pieces. The match is extremely important; perhaps it’s the most important this year for us. It’s delicate because there are many problems.” And it is exactly those problems that might disrupt the pace of the game: the visitors have been plagued by recent injuries with Jamie Ward, McLaughlin and Stuart Dallas to miss the qualifiers.
Romania are not injury free either even if they are still unsure whether Razvan Rat will be fit to play. During the last training of the team, Iordanescu used Sepsi in the back line and Keseru as a sole striker. Whether this will also happen on Friday remains to be seen, but rumors have it Stancu should also be given the chance. For Northern Ireland Kyle Lafferty is the player to turn to for goals in hopes he can break through Romania’s defensive line.
The teams met four times and so far Northern Ireland won three games, and Romania only won once back in 1985. This time around Titan Bet gives the hosts the edge with 1.60 odds to win as opposed to Northern Ireland’s 6.50. Over 2.5 goals has 2.45 odds, Romania for both halves 2.45 and both teams to score 2.40. Keseru has 2.10 odds to score, Stancu and Rusescu 2.25 and Lafferty 2.25. We are betting 5 units on the coupled market of Romania to win and both teams to score at 4.33 odds from Titan Bet.
Romania: Team’s Formation
Northern Ireland: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Romania to win and both teams to score