Northern Ireland too are in the same boat after an impressive display against Poland came to nothing in a 1-0 defeat. They did look nervous in their first ever European Championship match but that didn’t stop them from remaining well organized. The low number of scoring opportunities for Poland speak volume of the work ethic of Northern Ireland which was evident in excellent defending from the underdogs. With limited attacking threat from Northern Ireland, Poland’s lead was never in threat although the Irish could take heart from limiting the goals to one. If they harbor any hopes of keeping their hopes alive, Northern Ireland will have to start being more attack-minded.
The loss to Germany was only the second for Ukraine in their last ten matches. Their scoring is more or less restricted with just four matches seeing them score more than one goal. Northern Ireland aren’t far behind on winning rate with the loss to Poland their only loss in the last ten encounters. And just like Ukraine, they too aren’t heavy scorers with just three matches seeing them score more than a goal. As such there are more chances of the game seeing under 2.5 goals.
Both sides are in danger of missing out qualifying for the knockouts if they lose this match. The stage is set for an exciting match between two sides that are notoriously low scorers. Don’t be surprised if there is an entertaining draw.
Betting on under 2.5 goals for the game looks the best bet.