Northern Ireland have the ability to win Group F
Last updated: September 4, 2015 by Leon Marshal
Northern Ireland is Group F runner-up at the moment, only one point below the leader Romania. Now, Northern Ireland will play away against the unassuming team, The Faroe Islands. The Irish are expected to return home with the full package of points.
The Irish team’s schedule isn’t too bad. After this visit they will play at home against Hungary then Greece finally finishing their campaign with a visit to Finland. The most difficult match for them is already in the history, finishing 0-0 against Romania in their last qualifying game. So, if Northern Ireland take the all three points from their visit to Faroe Islands, O’Neill’s team will have serious chance of winning the group. Moreover, this is not something impossible because Faroe’s team hasn’t recorded good results against the Irish team over the years.
The Faroe Islands are in fourth place and have six points in the bag, thanks to home and away wins over Greece, and feel they could have a few more after being so close to getting points against Romania and Hungary.
Good news for manager O’Neill; Norwich City striker Kyle Lafferty returned to first-team training with The Canaries and will be available for the game against The Faroe Islands.
Chris Brunt, West Bromwich midfielder, has also been included in the squad despite having sustained a hamstring problem against Port Vale in League Cup action last week.
Alan Mannus and Lee Hodson have been recalled to the Northern Ireland squad. Chris Brunt and Kyle Lafferty are a yellow card away from a suspension, so they will have to be very careful in the upcoming match.
Atli Gregersen is the only player who can’t be used by Faroe’s manager. The defender is absent through suspension.
Quotes of the week
Lars Olsen (Faroe Islands) : “We have become better and better and won two times against Greece so we will go into this game feeling confident. We will be well prepared and hopefully will collect more points.”
Michael O’Neill (Northern Ireland) : “Our focus has to be on ourselves.”
|Faroe Islands (4-4-2):||Nielsen; Hansen, Joensen, Nattestad, Sorensen; Holst, Hansson, Benjaminsen, Hendriksson, Vatnhamar; Edmundsson|
|Not available:||Gregersen – suspended|
|Northern Ireland(4-5-1):||McGovern; McLaughlin, Evans, McAuley, Baird; Davis, Brunt, Dallas, Reeves; Lafferty, Grigg.|
|Subs||Mannus, Hodson, Ferguson, McGinn, Carson, McNair, McCourt, Magennis, Norwood, Ward.|
So far this campaign
|Faroe Islands this campaign||Northern Ireland this campaign|
|1 (1)||(at home) Wins (away)||2 (2)|
|2-1 vs Greece||Biggest win||2-0 vs Greece and Faroe Islands|
|0 (0)||(at home) Draws (away)||1 (0)|
|2 (2)||(at home) Losses (away)||0 (1)|
|1-3 to Finland||Biggest Defeat||0-2 to Romania|
|Edmundsson (1), Hansson (1), Hendriksson (1), Holst (1)||Top scorer||Lafferty (5)|
|Vatnhammar (2)||Assist Leader||McGinn (2)|
|Y16, R0||Discipline||Y8, R0|
|3||Failures to score||2|
|2||Both Teams to Score Games||2|
|2||Over 2.5 Games||2|
|1||Under 2.5 Games||4|
- Northern Ireland’s away record is not great. In their last five away matches Northern Ireland lost three and won two.
- The Faroe Islands have unsettled home results. Their record from their last five games is one win (against Greece), one draw (against Kazakhstan) and three defeats.
- These teams have met five times so far. Northern Ireland recorded three victories and 2 draws. In 1991 Northern Ireland won by five goals to nil against the same opponents. This is their biggest victory over The Faroe Islands.
- The Faroe Islands have scored only four goals in this qualifying campaign, but they have recorded two victories and still have a chance to take part in the play-offs. They have conceded 8 goals which is not too bad for them.
Head to Head
|Last 5 meetings between the two sides|
|Date||Competition||Game Result||First Goalscorer|
|11/10/14||ECQ||Northern Ireland 2-0 Faroe Islands||McAuley 6′|
|10/08/11||ECQ||Northern Ireland 4-0 Faroe Islands||Hughes 5′|
|12/10/10||ECQ||Faroe Islands 1-1 Northern Ireland||Holst 60′|
|11/09/91||ECQ||Faroe Islands 0-5 Northern Ireland||Wilson 8′|
|01/05/91||ECQ||Northern Ireland 1-1 Faroe Islands||Clarke 45′|