Northern Ireland will look to secure a second win of their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign on Saturday evening (19:45) when they welcome San Marino to Windsor Park.
Michael O’Neill’s men are already out of contention for a place at next year’s finals, having lost five of six games so far, while San Marino have conceded 21 goals without scoring at all themselves across five Group H losses.
Unsurprisingly, Northern Ireland are massive favourites to win this game at 1/100, with the draw priced at 20/1 and San Marino are 50/1 to cause an upset.
Northern Ireland won the reverse fixture between the sides 2-0 back in March, and a repeat of that scoreline is 15/2.
Bolton Wanderers striker Dion Charles is 2/5 to score anytime and 5/2 to score the first or last goal of the contest.
Ali McCann will be absent for the hosts due to a calf problem, while Conor Bradley, Stuart Dallas, Corry Evans, Shane Ferguson and Steven Davis are all on the treatment table.
As for the visitors, Roberto Di Maio, now aged 41, became the oldest footballer in Europe to make his international debut earlier this year, and he has been called up again by coach Fabrizio Costantini this time around.
San Marino look set to be skippered by Matteo Vitaioli, who has netted just once in 87 international appearances.
Northern Ireland 3-0 @ 5/1
As mentioned above, the hosts are incredibly short to win this contest and while goals have been hard to come by for Northern Ireland during this qualification campaign, they have the chance to rack up the scoreline here against a very poor San Marino side.
Michael O’Neill’s men won the reverse fixture 2-0 but have lost their other five games, while San Marino have lost all six of their games – shipping 21 goals in the process.
San Marino haven’t scored a goal in qualifying and that is unlikely to change in Belfast, with the visitors losing by three goals or less in 12 of their last 16 games.
Dion Charles to score 2+ goals @ 9/5
The Bolton Wanderers man has scored eight goals in 12 games across all competitions so far this season, but hasn’t scored for his country since the 2-0 victory over Friday’s opponents back in March.
Charles bagged both goals that day, and I think he’ll fancy his chances of netting on multiple occasions here as San Marino have conceded plenty so far during this qualification campaign.
Goals have been hard to come by for Northern Ireland but they should get plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net at Windsor Park, and Charles should be best placed to get on the end of them.