Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic Preview

Northern Ireland vs Czech Republic

Competition – World Cup Qualifying

Stadium – Windsor Park

Date: 4th September 2017

Kick-off time – 19:45 GMT

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Northern Ireland endured a tough start before defeating San Marino on Friday.

Despite bossing possession, they Struggled to break down the stubborn defence and only found a breakthrough in the second half when their opponents were obviously tired.

A goal from Steven Davies and two from Josh Magennis earned them a 3-0 victory and put them on course to qualify for next year’s showpiece.

They are currently 2nd in their qualifying table and trail the perfect Germans by 5 points but they have 7 points more than 3rd placed Czech Republic and a win in this encounter will all but confirm their qualification.

Czech Republic were impressive at home on Friday against Germany and would have gotten a point from that game before Mat Hummels pounced to score an injury time winner for the Germans.

That loss however, means that they now need to win all of their remaining fixtures to stand any chance of qualifying for the World Cup and that means they cannot afford to be as defensive as they were against the Germans in this game.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Northern Ireland 

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
W Azerbaijan 0-1 Northern Ireland Jun 10, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Northern Ireland 1-0 New Zealand Jun 2, 2017 International Friendly
W Northern Ireland 2-0 Norway Mar 26, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Northern Ireland 0-3 Croatia Nov 15, 2016 International Friendly
W Northern Ireland 4-0 Azerbaijan Nov 11, 2016 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

Czech Republic

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Norway 1-1 Czech Republic Jun 10, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
L Belgium 2-1 Czech Republic Jun 5, 2017 International Friendly
W San Marino 0-6 Czech Republic Mar 26, 2017 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
W Czech Republic 3-0 Lithuania Mar 22, 2017 International Friendly
D Czech Republic 1-1 Denmark Nov 15, 2016 International Friendly


H2H

DATE COMPETITION
Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland Sep 4, 2016 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
Czech Republic 0-0 Northern Ireland Oct 14, 2009 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA
Northern Ireland 0-0 Czech Republic Sep 10, 2008 World Cup Qualifying – UEFA

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