Northern Ireland vs Azerbaijan preview: What time does it start, what channel is it on, predicted teams, where can I watch it?

A look ahead to the 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture at Windsor Park

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It’s a big game for…

Michael McGovern: The Norwich City goalkeeper has conceded eight goals in his past two games for the club and will be desperate to keep a clean sheet in this fixture. However he performed strongly at Euro 2016 as Northern Ireland beat Ukraine and narrowly lost 1-0 to World Champions Germany.

Weird stat…

These two teams have an identical record against each other, with one win a piece and two draws in their four matches played to date. They also have an identical goal difference of 0, with both sides scoring and conceding three goals in those games.

Remember when…

David Healy scored a last-minute equaliser to rescue his side from what would have been an undeserved defeat in a World Cup qualifying fixture four years ago. Michael O’Neill was still looking for his first victory in charge two years after being appointed manager. However he recently led Northern Ireland to their first major tournament in 30 years, reaching the second round at Euro 2016.

Player to watch…

Oliver Norwood: The 25-year-old midfielder has been in good form for Championship side Brighton after joining from Reading in August. Norwood played almost every minute for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 and is yet to score a goal for his country in 41 appearances.

Past three meetings…

Azerbaijan 2 (Dadasov, Shukurov) Northern Ireland 0, World Cup qualifying, October 2013

Northern Ireland 1 (Healy) Azerbaijan 1 (Aliyev), World Cup qualifying, November 2012

Northern Ireland 2 (Elliott, Feeney) Azerbaijan 0, World Cup qualifying, September 2005

Form guide…

NORTHERN IRELAND: WLLDWL

AZERBAIJAN: DLDWWD

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 7:45pm, Friday 11 November

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1

Odds…

NORTHERN IRELAND TO WIN: 8/13

AZERBAIJAN TO WIN: 5/1

DRAW: 13/5

(Odds provided by SkyBet)

 

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