Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland vs Andorra

, KO: 19:45 Jun 11, 2024, Estadio Nueva Condomina, Murcia

NORTHERN IRELAND and Andorra meet in Murcia appropriately enough as both sides look to recover from five-goal hammerings from Spain.

Both nations were picked as warm-ups for Luis de la Fuente's men last week ahead of the Euros which neither Northern Ireland nor Andorra came remotely close to qualifying for.

And both conceded five goals – the Irish actually took the lead before crumbling to a 5-1 defeat in Palma and Andorra lost 5-0 in Badajoz.

Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill stressed after the game he had no regrets taking on such strong opposition and it would do his team good in the long term.

They actually came into that game on the back of an encouraging run of two wins and a draw against Denmark, Romania and Scotland, but Spain away was always going to be a different level.

Andorra weren't completely disgraced either and in fact, it was only 1-0 until the 53rd minute when the hosts' strength in depth began to show.

And both sides will see this as an opportunity to gain some confidence before the start of the Nations League after the Euros.

How the bookies view it? The Irish strong favourites

Northern Ireland are heavy odds-on at 2/9, with Andorra a massive 16/1. The draw is 9/2, all with bet365.

Recent head to heads: First ever meet

The nations have never met before and this will be their first clash.

Players to watch: Ballard a threat

Sunderland defender Daniel Ballard stunned Spain last week when he grabbed the opening goal against the hosts and the Sunderland stopper is a threat from set pieces. He is 8/1 with bet365 to score anytime.

Cucu started as Andorra's lone striker against Spain last week and has two goals to his name internationally. The Krka striker is 15/2 to score anytime on Tuesday.

Predicted line-ups:

Northern Ireland are without the absent Paddy McNair, George Saville and Shane Lavery.

Andorra are expected to hand captain Marc Vales a recall as he closes in on 100 caps for his country.

Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell, Spencer, Ballard, Toal, Donnelly, McCausland, S. Charles, Evans, Price, Reid, Magennis.

Andorra: Gomes, San Nicolas, C. Garcia, M. Vales, Llovera, M. Garcia, C. Rubio, E. Vales, Pujol, Cervos, Cucu.

Anything else catch the eye?

You would expect Northern Ireland to have too much quality for the minnows, but there's no chance you should be steaming into them at prices as skinny as they are.

You saw what happened when Wales failed to beat another of Europe's so-called no-hopers in Gibraltar in a goalless draw. last week.

Although they lost five goals to Spain – as did the Northern Irish – Andorra are usually well organised and the call here is for a narrow win for the men from Ulster.

It's unlikely to be pretty either and a Northern Ireland win and under 2.5 goals with bet365 is attractive at 7/4.

O'Neill's side are not renowned for scoring many goals either – Josh Magennis is the only player in the squad with only double figures and it's taken him 78 caps to get there.

Back a 2-0 win for Northern Ireland at 4/1.

This match between Northern Ireland and Andorra will be played on Jun 11, 2024 and kick off at 19:45. Check below for our tipsters best Northern Ireland vs Andorra prediction. You may also visit our dedicated betting previews section for the most up to date previews.

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