Author: Josh Stewart
Last Updated: September 21, 2022
Northern Ireland welcome Kosovo for a clash in the UEFA Nations League at Windsor Park this coming Saturday. The latest encounter between these two teams was a belter of a 3-2 match. Are we in for a similar goal-fest on Saturday? Home side Northern Ireland enter this next international as number 58 in the FIFA world ranking. With the visitors from Kosovo sitting at number 106, we have a rather big gap between the countries.
Northern Ireland vs Kosovo Stats
- Northern Ireland have not won 13 of the last 14 home matches
- Northern Ireland have not won 9 of the last 11 matches
- Northern Ireland have conceded in 5 of the last 6 matches
- Northern Ireland have not lost 5 of the last 7 home matches
- Northern Ireland have conceded in the last 3 home matches in a row
- Kosovo have conceded in 10 of the last 12 matches
- Kosovo have scored in 9 of the last 11 away matches
- Kosovo have not lost 6 of the last 8 away matches
- Kosovo have not won 4 of the last 5 away matches
- Kosovo have not lost 5 of the last 7 matches
Northern Ireland vs Kosovo Lineups
Northern Ireland vs Kosovo Preview
Northern Ireland have been too mediocre in their last three matches, where a win has failed to come their way. Against Cyprus, they gained a point in a 0-0 draw, before coming up short against Kosovo, who ran out 3-2 winners. Lately, they managed to steal a point in a 2-2 draw with Cyprus. From their efforts in the past six matches, Northern Ireland have only one win to show off. They drew three and lost two of these six encounters, in which they scored three and conceded four goals.
It is all or nothing with Kosovo following one win in their previous three outings. They first went down 0-1 in an encounter with Greece to which, they replied by beating Northern Ireland3-2. Their latest encounter once again had them on the losing side, when they lost 2-0 against Greece. In their last six matches away from home Kosovo won twice, recorded two draws and lost two times. During this run, they conceded seven and scored five goals.
Northern Ireland vs Kosovo H2H
Supporters will be hoping to see a similarly thrilling encounter, as it turned out to be the last time Northern Ireland played against Kosovo. It finished 3-2 in a great match between the pair. Northern Ireland picked up zero wins in their previous one match against Kosovo, while the latter claimed one win in these, with the remaining finishing a draw. The bookies best betting odds on a draw at full-time are at 3.20.
Current table in the UEFA Nations League
With only two points to show for their first matches of the group stage, Northern Ireland should be very eager to prove a point. They could still play a part in this group, but then a win is surely required come on Saturday. Kosovo claimed a highly respectable six points so far in their UEFA Nations League group. This keeps them in the running for first place, and we’ll no doubt see a highly motivated home side this coming Saturday.
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Full Time Betting
Northern Ireland won one of the previous 10 home matches across all tournaments, while drawing five and losing four as well. Kosovo won four from a possible 10 away from home, as they also drew two and lost four in this run. There is clearly value in the both teams not to score market with the bookmakers. Both sides scored in only one of the last 10 home league matches for Northern Ireland. In two of the previous 10 league games away for Kosovo, both teams found the back of the net.
Both Teams to Score
Supporters will be hoping to see a similarly thrilling encounter, as it turned out to be the last time Northern Ireland played against Kosovo. It finished 3-2 in a great match between the pair.
Over 2.5 goals happened one time in the past encounter between Northern Ireland and Kosovo, with Northern Ireland scoring two goals on average per game. Kosovo averaged three goals, while both teams scored one time. Over 2.5 goals happened in four of Northern Ireland’s last ten matches across all tournaments. They scored an average of 0.9 goals along the way. Over 2.5 goals appeared in four of the last ten matches that Kosovo played across all tournaments this season. They scored 1.3 times on average in the process.