Northern Ireland Scores & Results
Northern Ireland have failed in their bid to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, therefore now is a great time to check out the latest Northern Ireland scores as they prepare themselves for watching from the sidelines next year.
Northern Ireland failed miserably in their bid to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Qatar, Ian Baraclough’s men losing each of their two October qualifying matches.
Following their 2-0 defeat at the hands of Switzerland on Saturday, Northern Ireland needed a somewhat miraculous set of results in order to make the play-offs for the 2022 World Cup, however they fell at the very first hurdle with a truly abysmal second-half performance allowing Bulgaria to claw their way back from behind and claim all three points.
In the first half, Bulgaria looked very much the worts side in the group by a considerable margin. The Irish had three excellent chances and then found the back of the net, however having shown so much promise in the opening 45 minutes, they were completely passive after the break. They invited Bulgaria back into the game and the game management was truly awful.
On the back of their two back-to-back defeats, Northern Ireland sit in fourth position in their group and with nine points separating them from second-placed Switzerland and just two games left to play, Baraclough’s men are now out of contention for next year’s World Cup.
At the summit of Group C, Switzerland and European champions Italy sit level on points with the latter enjoying a healthier goal difference. These two sides are now guaranteed to occupy the top two berths at the end of the group qualifiers although it remains to be seen who will clinch the automatic qualification place.
Northern Ireland were always going to have a hard time qualifying automatically from a group containing the likes of Italy and Switzerland, however they can still salvage something from their qualifying campaign.
Northern Ireland are struggling in Group C with just five points collected from their opening four qualifying matches. Ian Baraclough’s men avoided defeat in their two qualifiers last month with a win over Lithuania (1-4) followed by a goal-less draw at home to Switzerland. The Irish have a chance to atone for those two dropped points when they once again lock horns with the Swiss this weekend, however the task will be somewhat harder given that they will be away from the comforts of Windsor Park.
Northern Ireland have only lost one qualifying game but on the other hand they have won just once since the start of the campaign. As things stand they sit third in the group with three points separating them from second-placed Switzerland and nine separating them from group leaders Italy who admittedly have played two more games.
Italy are out-and-out favourites to qualify automatically from Group C with the bookies going a general 2/7 that they finish in pole position and find themselves on the plane to Qatar without the need for any play-off appearances. Switzerland are next in this betting market at general odds of 5/2 to finish at the summit of Group C while Northern Ireland are out at 33/1, some firms going as high as 66/1 on Baraclough’s side.
Group C Winner Odds
2/7 – Italy
5/2 – Switzerland
33/1 – Northern Ireland
66/1 – Bulgaria
750/1 – Lithuania