07.09.2012 Russia – Northern Ireland Match Preview

Russia vs Northern Ireland Match Preview & News & Prediction & Team Performances


Russia had a successful qualification round in 2010-2012 and they reached to finals. They couldn’t qualify from group stage in European Championship. They had Ireland, Armenia, Solvakia, Macedonia and Andorra in qualifications. They lost just one match against Slovakia in their home. It was surprising for both sides. Russia had a friendly match with Ivory Coast and the result was 1-1 when the match was over. They played well and they tested young footballers and tactics. They will start to 2014 World Cup qualifications match with Northern Ireland match in Moscow. I believe it won’t be too hard match for Russia.

Russia doesn’t have many stars in squad but all of their players playing important teams of Russia and Europe and they play good team football. Igor Akinfeev (Goalkeeper) from CSKA Moscow, Aleksandr Anyukov (Defender Right) from Zenit St. Peterburg, Sergey Ignashevich (Defender) CSKA Moscow, Yuri Zhirkov (Midfielder) from Anzhi Mahackale, Igor Denisov (Defensive Midfielder) from Zenit Petersburg, Alan Dzagoev (Attacking Midfielder) from CSKA, Captain Andrey Arshavin (Attacking Midfielder) from Arsenal and Aleksandr Kerzhakov (Striker) from FC Zenitburg is the most important players of Russia. I don’t think that Northern Ireland has any players to stop Russians in this match.


Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland gathered 9 points last qualification of Europe. They could beat Faroe Islands in their home and Solvenia in an away matches. They got two draws and They were standing 5th position in group stages. They played 3 friendly games in 2012 and they weren’t very promising. They lost 2 matches and got a draw from friendlies. They scored 3 goals (All of them was against Finland) and conceded 12 goals.

Their best player is Jonny Evans from Manchester United and he is a Defender. Kyle Lafferty (Stiker) is another important player of Northern Ireland squad. He is playing in FC Sion in Switzerland.


Match Preview
There’s much differences Russia between Northern Ireland. I believe Russia will win to match with score differences. Besides I should warn you about match. Russia is generally stopping to score if they lead to match with 2 score differences. I would recommend you avoid think about more then 2.5 goals for this match. I don’t think Northern Ireland has good enough squad for scoring Russia in an away match.


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