Our prediction for this match:
Luxembourg and Northern Ireland take on each other at Stade de Luxembourg in what is expected to be an interesting friendly. The hosts failed to qualify for the 2022 World Cup finals, with the team finishing the process in 4th place in Group A, but they had no fewer than nine points in their pocket. Luxembourg aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible, but they will have a big fish to fry against Northern Ireland.
The Green and White Army, on the other hand, prevented Italy from securing automatic qualification for Qatar by holding them to a goalless draw in the last group game. Important defender Jonny Evans has overcome his injury, while Paddy McNair is a major doubt. Anyhow, away win should be considered as Northern Ireland are more of a team than Luxembourg. When the teams met in a friendly three years ago the Green and White Army emerged triumphant.
Highlighted Player (Dave Turpel):
Born in Luxembourg on October 19, 1992, David Turpel is a striker who plays for F91 Dudelange. Over the years Turpel has established himself as a one of the best attackers in Luxembourg and he is likely to play an important role in Dino Toppmoller’s team in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign.
David Turpel represents Luxembourg on the international stage and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the national team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Turpel found the net against Macedonia, but that did not help Luxembourg avoid defeat in Skopje. He scored his second goal for the Luxemborurg national team in a friendly against Albania in June, 2017.
Luxembourg eventually won the match 2-1. His preferred foot is right, whilst his main position is centre-forward. The 188cm-tall striker has 10 caps for Luxembourg U21 team, scoring one goal in the process.
Highlighted Team (Northern Ireland):
Competing first under the Irish flag and then as an independent entity, Northern Ireland are one of world’s oldest national teams, but they haven’t enjoyed too much success in history. Led by Danny Blanchflower, the Irish impressed at their first ever World Cup finals appearance, reaching the quarter-finals in 1958, but they have since only played at the 1982 and 1986 tournaments, reaching round 2 and crashing out in the group stage respectively.
Northern Ireland had failed to qualify for 13 successive European Championship finals before finally booking their ticket to the Euro 2016 in France, and the fans hope this success will only be a sign of things to come. Without a doubt, George Best is the most famous footballer to have ever put on the green shirt, scoring 9 goals in 37 appearances, but he couldn’t help the national team close the gap behind Europe’s top sides.
Some of the other high-profile footballers include Pat Jennings, Aaron Hughes, David Healy, Keith Gillespie, Steven Davies and Gareth McAuley.