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Northern Ireland vs Switzerland - European playoffs kick off on Thursday

November 8, 2017 By Oscar Rojas
The hosts need to win Thursday's clash in order to keep their hopes of returning to a World Cup after 32 years.

Broadcast info

Who's playing? Northern Ireland and Switzerland kick off the UEFA World Cup Playoff stage with a crucial stalemate set to be played at Belfast. The hosts know most of their chances to return to the World Cup rely on winning this game, which will force the Swiss side to be cautious in order to avoid any surprises.

What time? Thursday, November 9, at 11:45 PT/ 14:45 ET/ 18:45 GMT/ 20:45 CET.

What stadium? Windsor Park, located in Belfast, will be the venue hosting this match. This stadium can accomodate up to 18,434 fans.

On which channels?

In the U.K.: SKY GO Extra, BBC Radio 5 Live, Sky Sports Main Event, NOW TV UK, Sky Go UK

In Switzerland: SRF zwei, RTS Sport, RTS Deux, DAZN Europe, RSI La 2

In the U.S.: ESPN3 USA, ESPN2 USA, WatchESPN

In Canada: Sportsnet World Now, Sportsnet Now

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Match facts

  • This will be the first match between these sides in 13 years.

  • Northern Ireland have won two out of the four games between these teams.

  • Both games played with Northern Ireland as hosts have ended with a 1-0 win for them.

Team news

Thursday's hosts will make their debut in this sort of games, and they'll try to leave a lasting impression around the world. With no major absences for Martin O'Neill's side, the Green and White Army's boss has asked his players to enjoy themselves rather than worrying about the outcome of the match.

On the other side of the pitch, coach Vladimir Petkovic will have to make do without Johan Djorou at center back, leaving Manuel Akanji as the first choice to replace him. Admir Mehmedi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Haris Seferovic are expected to lead the Rossocrociati's attack, hoping to claim at least one away goal in the process.

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