Northern Ireland vs Estonia 21-03-2019 - Free Betting Tips

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A disappointing run in the Nations League ended in relegation to League C for Northern Ireland, so their hopes of qualification for Euro 2020 rest on their ability to negotiate a qualifying group featuring sides such as Germany, Holland and this evening’s opponents, Estonia. The majority of Northern Ireland vs Estonia betting tips put Michael O’Neill’s men firmly in the role of favourites, not least given that Sinisärgid trailed in last in their Nations League C group and travel to Belfast in poor form.

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21. March 2019 | 19:45
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Northern Ireland find themselves in the position of favourites, a role that’s unfamiliar to them and which has often seen them underperform. However, it’s reasonable to assume they’ll have enough about them to overcome an Estonian side that lacks genuine quality. Betway are offering odds of 5/4 on the hosts to lead at half time and go on to win, and those are odds worth taking. Bearing in mind that the Green and White aren’t overly blessed with prolific scorers, we’d look at the 9/2 odds from Unibet – on the hosts to win 2-0 – as being perhaps the Northern Ireland vs Estonia best odds you’ll find this week, although if you fancy more of a punt, check out MansionBet. They’re giving a price of 15/2 on Aberdeen forward Niall McGinn to open the scoring – his sharpness makes him a strong contender to be the player to break Estonia down.

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Northern Ireland vs Estonia Betting Tips: Form Guide

Norn Iron Being Found Out?

Michael O’Neill’s reign as Northern Ireland manager has been a roaring success, generally – qualification for Euro 2016 would have been unthinkable when he took the hot seat four years prior, but he managed to steer them to the last 16 of the finals. When they were narrowly eliminated in the play-offs for World Cup qualification – a dodgy penalty putting Switzerland through at their expense – a look at the Nations League draw which had paired O’Neill’s men with Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina looked like a real opportunity for more success.

However, nothing went right for the duration of NI’s run in the new competition. An opening fixture against Bosnia-Herzegovina ended in a 2-1 defeat, a rare loss in Belfast for the home side. Trips to Vienna and Sarajevo brought further losses, meaning relegation was already a certainty before the Austrians came to Windsor Park and matched the achievement of Bosnia. However, O’Neill’s position as manager is not felt to be under threat, such is his overachievement in the job up to now. He used the Nations League games to blood some younger players – essential, given the advancing years of many in the squad – and comes to a tough qualifying group with some optimism.

Perhaps the most impressive recent performance came in a friendly in Dublin, where the men from the North largely dominated their cross-border rivals the Republic of Ireland and were unfortunate to come away with just a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw. If Norn Iron can take confidence from their ability to control games, they’ll prove the more optimistic Northern Ireland vs Estonia match previews to be correct.

Estonia Not Expecting Much

It’s a little under eight years since Estonia found themselves in a play-off with the Republic of Ireland for a place in the Euro 2012 finals. A 4-0 defeat in Tallinn in the home leg ended their hopes of qualification and, since then, they’ve never really been in the conversation for a major tournament. They were a distant fourth in qualifying for the World Cup, the high point of their campaign coming in a 0-0 draw with Greece in Athens. Since then, they’ve played their first Nations League campaign and trailed in bottom of a group behind Greece (again), Hungary and neighbours Finland.

Estonia enter this qualifying campaign under the management of Martin Reim, who was in place for the World Cup and Nations League campaigns. That he has remained in post after those unsuccessful campaigns is testament to where Estonia’s expectations stand; Reim was promoted to the post after a spell coaching the age-group sides, and it is hoped that continuity will bring results. Certainly, the association doesn’t seem convinced that another manager could get better results with a limited group of players such as this one.

The side does come into this game off the back of a winning end to the Nations League campaign. Estonia won 1-0 in Greece thanks to an own-goal, which pretty much summed up their campaign – across six games they scored four goals, and two were scored by opposing players. Estonia lack any player who could be considered a spark for their attack, and Northern Ireland vs Estonia betting tips for today are best seen in that light.

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The Last Five Games

Northern Ireland VS. Estonia

  • Northern Ireland Form 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Northern Ireland Goals 4 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Estonia Form 1 win, 1 draw and 3 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Estonia Goals 4 goals in the last 5 matches
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Northern Ireland vs Estonia Preview: Recent Meetings

In no small part, it was meetings with Estonia that led to Northern Ireland appointing Michael O’Neill as manager. Previous boss Nigel Worthington oversaw a pitiful qualifying campaign for Euro 2012 that was punctuated by defeats against this opponent in (4-1 in Tallinn and 2-1 in Belfast). The meetings came on consecutive matchdays, in September and October of 2011, and helped elevate Estonia to second place in the group and that play-off, which remains the high-water mark of their existence as an international side. For Northern Ireland, it cemented them to fifth place, above only the Faroe Islands. Konstantin Vassiliyev, the scorer of both Estonia’a goals in Belfast, may well play a part in this game – the 34-year-old is among the most experienced players in the visiting squad.

Northern Ireland vs Estonia Prediction: Routine Home Win

There’s an argument to be had that Northern Ireland’s ideal opponent in the opening game of this campaign would be either Germany or Holland, giving them the chance to springboard their campaign with a surprise result of the kind they’ve managed against England, Spain, and Ukraine among others in recent years. Opening against Estonia – particularly in Belfast – gives them a game they must win to have any chance of progress, and this comes on the back of a poor run of recent form.

That said, Michael O’Neill has grown into his role as national coach, and clearly has the support of his FA. While Estonia will come here under little pressure and might fancy themselves to spring a shock, it’s right and logical that the hosts should be considered favourites for this game. An early goal would help to settle the nerves, and if they can get in at half time with a lead then we’d be confident of NI holding out against anything the visitors can throw at them in the rest of the game. Our Northern Ireland vs Estonia prediction is for a solid, if unspectacular, home win.

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