Two teams on the outside looking in for World Cup qualifying will battle Tuesday, as Luxembourg hosts Northern Ireland.
With three matches remaining, Northern Ireland technically still has a chance of earning second place in Group F. The squad is nine points behind Russia and could win all three matches to pull even, assuming everyone else loses out.
Of course, that is not a likely scenario with Northern Ireland only having one win in seven matches so far.
On the other hand, Luxembourg has performed even worse with four losses and three draws in seven matches. Both teams simply hope to gain some momentum for the future.
Still, this should be a competitive battle between two up-and-coming teams. Here is everything you need to know to follow along with this match.
When: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 2:15 p.m. ET; 7:15 p.m. BST
Where: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Watch: Sky Sports 2
Live Stream: ESPN3
Odds: Luxembourg (13-5); Northern Ireland (11-10); Draw (9-4) via Paddy Power
Top Storyline: Can Luxembourg Earn a Win?
In a relatively tough group, few would have imagined Luxembourg legitimately competing for a spot in the 2014 World Cup. However, you still do not want to go 10 matches without a win.
With Luxembourg's last two games against Russia and Portugal, the team will never have a better chance than this to get a win. It is a home game against an inconsistent Northern Ireland team and it will be a great moment to build off of in the coming years.
Northern Ireland has proven the ability to play with the best in the world, but the team also plays to the level of its opponent. Luxembourg can catch its opponent off guard with a strong showing in this one.
Prediction: Northern Ireland 2, Luxembourg 1
For 60 minutes, it seemed as though Northern Ireland was going to pull off an upset over Portugal in its previous match. That was until Cristiano Ronaldo remembered he was one of the best players in the world and scored three goals in a row for the win.
Still, Northern Ireland proved that it has plenty of talent at both ends of the pitch. The team has beaten Russia and earned a draw against Portugal. Northern Ireland's only issue is consistency.
The visitors on Tuesday may make a mistake or two against Luxembourg to make it a close match, but Michael O'Neill and company will be able to come away with a quality win.
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