Our prediction for this match:
Windsor Park will host Thursday’s football match between Northern Ireland and Luxembourg, the two teams who prepare for upcoming Euro 2020 qualifying matches. Northern Ireland have been impressive in the qualifiers for the next summer’s European Championship and it is no wonder they are seen as favourites to win this friendly.
Luxembourg, on the other hand, are on a three-game winless run in Group B and given their poor away record in international games, we predict that the hosts are going to emerge triumphant in Thursday’s friendly. In their last meeting in a competitive match back in 2013 Luxembourg recorded a 3-2 win, meaning that the Green and White Army are hungry for revenge. A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Hearts attacker Conor Washington, who found the net in a qualifier against Estonia.
Highlighted Player (Daniel Lafferty):
Daniel Lafferty is a Northern Ireland footballer who plays for Burnley. He signed a deal with Celtic in 2006, but was never handed a first-team debut for the Scottish giants. In 2010 he joined Derry City and it has to be noted that he scored seven goals in 46 appearances for the Irish outfit.
Two years later, on 30 January 2012, Lafferty signed contract with Burnley for an undisclosed fee. The left back made no more than one appearance for the Clarets in the 2014/2015 Premier League campaign and, as a result, he decided to join Rotherham United on a one-month loan in March, 2015. Seven months later he was sent on loan to Oldham Athletic and he played 15 matches for the League One club. Nonetheless, he returned to Burnley in 2016.
Daniel Lafferty made his Northern Ireland debut on 2 June, 2012 in a 6-0 defeat to Netherlands. However, he did not make the Northern Ireland roster for the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Luxembourg):
Luxembourg national football team is controlled by Luxembourg Football Federation and they play their home games at Stade Josy Barthel. Les Lions Rouges have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, but they often make life difficult for European teams in the qualifiers.
Luxembourg defeated Macedonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a victory over Czech Republic in the 1996 European Championship qualifying match is considered the team’s biggest success. Les Lions Rouges play their home matches in red shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Jeff Strasser is both the most famous and the most capped Luxembourg player and it has to be noted that the former Bundesliga player made 98 appearances for the national team. Luxembourg recorded their biggest win against Afghanistan (6-0), in the match that was played in London in 1948. Speaking of their biggest defeat, Luxembourg were outclassed by England 9-0 on two occasions (1960, 1982).