IT'S World Cup play-off time and first up it's Northern Ireland v Switzerland and Croatia v Greece.

First legs are notoriously tight with just five of 19 in Europe going over 2.5 goals.

Interestingly 16 of the 19 seeds have qualified and only two nations have recovered from losing the first leg to go through.

The Irish are non-seeds and will hope to make their Windsor Park fortress count in their favour.

However, this will be tough for Michael O'Neill's men against a side that won nine out of 10 qualifiers. The Swiss are no bigger than 4-11 at McBookie to qualify with the Irish 11-4 at Ladbrokes.

To win on the night it's 9-2 Ireland at Betfred, 13-10 the Swiss at bet365 and the draw pays 13-6 at BetBright.

The draw has a chance and no to both to score looks on but pays just 8-13 at betfair – it’s been the case in seven of Switzerland’s last eight and nine of Ireland’s last 10 at home. Under 2.5 goals pays 4-9 at BetStars.

Croatia are 29 places above Greece in the world rankings and hot favourites to progress at 4-11 with betfair. Greece are 3-1 at Sky Bet.

The Croats are unbeaten in 10 competitive games at home and boast a plethora of top stars such as Mario Mandzukic, Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric.

We know Euro 2004 winners Greece are a tough nut to crack and are unbeaten in seven away from home so it's not an easy call. With Greece as big as 10-1 at Unibet some will be tempted by the Greeks not to lose at 2-1 with the same firm.

Again under 2.5 goals looks the call at 8-13 with Marathonbet and Rakitic could be a value scorer at 5-2 with Marathonbet.

Recommended Bet

  • Nth Ireland v Switzerland draw & under 2.5 goals
  • (9-4, Betway)
1 Comment
  1. mriyksolo 2 years ago

    is that the only game for us today?

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