On Thursday night, San Marino hosts Northern Ireland in both teams’ opening game in Group H of qualifying for Euro 2024.San Marino form guide
The minnows remain the national ranked as the worst in the FIFA rankings. Unsurprisingly considering their status, San Marino heads into this game on a poor run of form, as they have lost 21 of their last 23 international matches. The highlights of the run were draws gained against St. Lucia and Seychelles.
Since making their debut in qualifying for the European Championships in 1990, San Marino has yet to win any of their qualifiers. In fact, they have suffered 15 straight defeats in qualifying, having conceded at least two goals in each of the defeats while scoring just once in their previous 12 qualifiers.Northern Ireland form guide
The visitor's recent international form could have been better, as they have won just one of their last seven games. They have also conceded at least two goals in three of their previous four international matches.
Northern Ireland also has a poor recent record in qualifying for the European Championships, winning just one of their last six qualifiers while suffering four defeats in the process. Their recent qualifiers have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last seven European Championships games.
Northern Ireland has a mixed recent away record in qualifying for the European Championships. They have won five of their last ten away qualifiers but failed to win in three qualifiers on their travels, claiming one draw and suffering two defeats.What am I backing?
San Marino are the whipping boys of the international game. Although Northern Ireland hasn’t been in great form of late, I am backing Michael O’Neill’s team to record a comfortable victory.