Our football match prediction:
As expected, Azerbaijan were beaten by star-studded Germany in their last qualifying match. The Azeri dropped to fourth place in Group C, but they are only three points behind second-placed Northern Ireland. Former Real Madrid star Robert Prosinecki is doing a great job with Azerbaijan national football team and a win over Northern Ireland would see his men keep their hopes of qualifying for the showpiece tournament in Russia alive. Azerbaijan are tough to beat at home and they are definitely capable of grabbing something from Saturday’s football match. The Green and White Army did well to qualify for EURO 2016 and they are now on a quest to book their place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. However, seeing that Northern Ireland are not regarded as good travelers, we predict that the two sides are going to share the spoils at Tofiq Behramov adina Respublika stadionu in Baku.
Highlighted Player (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 (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.