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STAR PREVIEW: Scotland v Northern Ireland

[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here are lies, damned lies and statistics so take this with a pinch of Saxa but Northern Ireland have only managed to beat Scotland once in nine previous head to heads. But when the stats go back as far as 1953 just how relevant they are in terms of a match in 2015 is, of course, another matter entirely.

The first key point to make tonight is that it is a ‘friendly’. A word that should send a wealth warning to all punters as quite often friendlies can turn out to be meaningless training ground matches with a myriad of substitutions which can lead to unpredictable results.

How seriously Northern Ireland will want to take this is questionable. My guess is that it will be considered, in racing parlance, a final gallop before the big race. For the big race read the big match and Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifier clash with Finland at Windsor Park on Sunday.

Scotland also play on Sunday but surely can be a little more relaxed about the prospects of them beating Gibraltar at Hampden.

Both sides have made bright starts to Euro 2016 qualifiers under the respective new management of Stachan and O’Neil.

Scotland v Northern Ireland
International Friendly
7.45pm LIVE ON SKY

HEAD TO HEAD RECORD
(Maximum 10 matches)
Feb 2011 International Scotland 3-0 N Ireland
Aug 2008 International Scotland 0-0 N Ireland
Feb 1992 International Scotland 1-0 N Ireland
Dec 1983 International N Ireland 2-0 Scotland
May 1983 International Scotland 0-0 N Ireland
Apr 1982 International N Ireland 1-1 Scotland
Oct 1981 World Cup We N Ireland 0-0 Scotland
May 1981 International Scotland 2-0 N Ireland
Oct 1953 World Cup N Ireland 1-3 Scotland

The early money has been for Scotland this morning with Star Sports but I reckon the draw makes plenty of appeal at around 13/5. That would keep things ‘friendly’.

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