Slovenia vs Northern Ireland Euro 2024 qualifying predictions: tips, odds & team news

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland predictions: tips, odds & team news

Northern Ireland will be hoping to get their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign back on track when they face Slovenia on Thursday at 7:45pm (UK time).

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Slovenia vs Northern Ireland odds


*Odds correct as of 08:30 on September 7

Northern Ireland’s hopes of reaching a second European Championships are fading and they know there is a lot of work to be done. Although there are six games left to play, Northern Ireland are six points outside the qualifying spots in Group H, only saved from bottom by San Marino. Northern Ireland started their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 away win over San Marino but have fallen to three defeats since. Finland, Denmark and Kazakhstan have taken all three points from Northern Ireland, with two of those defeats coming at home.

Slovenia are just one place above Northern Ireland in the group but their prospects are a lot brighter. With two wins and one draw from their opening four games, Slovenia are just two points outside of the qualifying spots and know a win here could potential lift them into the top two. They started the group with two wins over Kazakhstan and San Marino to top the group but did have a minor shaky patch in June. First, Slovenia lost to Finland and then they drew with Denmark, so momentum will need to be rebuilt.

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland predictions

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? No 6/10 with BetGoodwin
Correct Score Slovenia 1-0 Northern Ireland 9/2 with BoyleSports
First Goalscorer Benjamin Sesko 9/2 with Sky Bet

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The stats behind our Slovenia vs Northern Ireland predictions:

  • Northern Ireland have failed to score in three of their four Euro 2024 qualifying matches.
  • Northern Ireland have lost their last three games 1-0.
  • Slovenia are unbeaten in their past five home matches.
  • Benjamin Sesko has scored six goals in 21 appearances for Slovenia.
  • In each of the five games between these two sides, at least one team has failed to score.

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland match tip

Half-time correct score: 0-0 @ 7/5 with Midnite

Although they have lost three games, Northern Ireland’s defence hasn’t really been the problem. In fact, they’ve managed to frustrate their opponents for quite a bit of their matches. The two defeats in June saw Northern Ireland hold their opponents to goalless draws in the first half before finally dropping after the break. Against Kazakhstan the winner came as late as the 88th-minute, with Northern Ireland so close to the clean sheet.

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland Bet-Builder tip

Benjamin Sesko to score anytime, Slovenia to keep a clean sheet

One of the players most likely to breach the Northern Ireland net is Benjamin Sesko who has six goals in 21 caps for Slovenia. He also goes into the international break in scoring form, netting twice in a 15-minute cameo for RB Leipzig against Union Berlin. At the other end of the pitch, Northern Ireland have just two goals in their four games, both coming against San Marino.

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland
Reason for tip

Benjamin Sesko has scored six goals in 21 caps for Slovenia.

Reason for tip

Northern Ireland have failed to score in their past three matches.

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland team news

Miha Zajc has had to pull out of the Slovenia squad due to injury, while the likes of Martin Turk, Domen Crnigoj and Tomi Horvat have dropped out from the roster that played in June. The squad doesn’t scream goals, with Andras Sporar the top scorer on eight in 44 caps, two ahead of Sesko.

Shane Lavery and Dale Taylor have dropped out of the Northern Ireland squad due to injury, and they have now been joined on the sidelines by Gavin Whyte, who was replaced by Paddy Lane. Daniel Ballard is an injury concern but is still with the squad. Steven Davis, Stuart Dallas, Corry Evans were all not picked due to injury. Josh Magennis and Conor Washington will be the main attacking hopes with 16 goals between them.

Slovenia vs Northern Ireland head-to-head record

  • 28 March 2016 – Northern Ireland 1-0 Slovenia – Friendly
  • 29 March 2011 – Northern Ireland 0-0 Slovenia – Euro 2012 qualifying
  • 3 September 2010 – Slovenia 0-1 Northern Ireland – Euro 2012 qualifying
  • 1 April 2009 – Northern Ireland 1-0 Slovenia – World Cup 2010 qualifying
  • 11 October 2008 – Slovenia 2-0 Northern Ireland – World Cup 2010 qualifying

After losing the first meeting 2-0, Northern Ireland are actually unbeaten in four matches against Slovenia, winning three. They also haven’t conceded since the opening fixture, with three 1-0 wins and a goalless draw.

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