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WC Qualification Europe

  • September 12, 2012
  • • 02:45
  • • Windsor Park, Belfast
  • Referee: V. Glođović
  • • Attendance: 10674
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Northern Ireland - Luxembourg Preview: Jonny Evans a doubt for must-win match

Northern Ireland - Luxembourg Preview: Jonny Evans a doubt for must-win match

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Michael O'Neill's team will be desperately keen to record three points when they face the minnows at Windsor Park but will be wary of their near-shock result against Portugal

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
NORTHERN IRELAND

Carroll
Hughes, McAuley, J Evans, Cathcart
Davis, Baird
Ward, Shiels, Brunt
Lafferty
LUXEMBOURG

Joubert
Schnell, Bukvic, Blaise, Janisch
Mutsch, Payal, Gerson, Bettmer, Da Mota
Joachim


Northern Ireland are waiting on the fitness of Jonny Evans, who felt pain from an ankle which he underwent surgery on over the summer but still went on to play 90 minutes against Russia.

Corry Evans was disappointing in the 2-0 defeat to Fabio Capello's team so Dean Shiels could return to the side in support of Kyle Lafferty. Andy Little is in contention for a place on the right flank, but Jamie Ward may be given another start, while Craig Cathcart is likely to continue out of position at left-back.

Luxembourg ran Portugal close in their opening World Cup qualifier on Friday and could name an unchanged team with captain Rene Peters injured.

Daniel de Mota stunned Paulo Bento's team by scoring the first goal of the match and should continue in an advanced left wing position in support of Aurelien Joachim.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Northern Ireland have not qualified for the World Cup since 1986, when they were eliminated in the first round.
  • They made the second group stage in 1982, and achieved their best performance in 1956, when they reached the quarter-finals.
  • After one game, Northern Ireland sit bottom of their qualifying group on goal difference following their 2-0 defeat to Russia. Luxembourg lost 2-1 to Portugal.
  • Aaron Hughes (pictured right) is the most-capped player currently in the Northern Ireland squad, with 81 appearances to his name.
  • Luxembourg coach Luc Holtz was a player-manager for eight years with Etzella Ettelbruck before retiring and taking over the country's Under-21 team in 2008.
  • Holtz played the last time Luxembourg faced Northern Ireland in 2000, when David Healy and James Quinn led the Green and White Army to a 3-1 victory.
  • The European minnows were managed only by foreign coaches from 1949 until 1978, when Arthur Schoos took over.
  • Luxembourg's first three international matches were all against France – they suffered 4-1 and 8-0 defeats in 1911 and 1913 before beating Les Bleus 5-4 in 1914

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Northern Ireland

Luxembourg

Wins
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1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Northern Ireland NIR
Northern Ireland Northern Ireland
Draw
Luxembourg LUX
Luxembourg Luxembourg
67%
15%
18%

Top 3 Predictions

Northern Ireland NIR
2 - 1
Luxembourg LUX
Northern Ireland NIR
2 - 0
Luxembourg LUX
Northern Ireland NIR
3 - 0
Luxembourg LUX

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