The Romanian football team faces that of Northern Ireland in the first match of group B of the League of Nations, on September 4, at 21:45, on the National Arena.
Both teams have new coaches, coming from the U21 national teams: Mirel Rădoi, respectively Ian Baraclough. In the center will referee the Frenchman François Letexier.
The tip for the match Romania vs Northern Ireland can be read at the end of this analysis.
Romania: Team form, news and statistics
Mirel Rădoi should have made his debut during the qualifying round at the final tournament of the European Championship, but everything turned upside down due to the pandemic, and the first match does not have such a high stake.
The coach who reached the semifinals of Euro U21 2019 with the national youth team has time to put into practice his own vision.
No major changes are expected in the “eleven” standard, but new players have been brought into the group, ready to be implemented in the new system.
Florin Ștefan, Alexandru Creţu, Gabriel Iancu and Sergiu Buș received summonses for the first time.
There is no “professional” right defender in the group. Sergiu Hanca (re-profiled over time from right midfielder) and Andrei Burcă (established as central defender) can play on this position.
Cristian Manea, who could be a solution, was infected with coronavirus and did not prepare for a longer period.
Those who watched the training advanced the hypothesis that Rădoi can use a system with three central defenders, so that Hanca and Bancu (also an initial midfielder) have the freedom to attack, on the flanks.
Normally, Romania will attack. George Pușcaș (with backup variants Sergiu Buș and Denis Alibec) can be supported from the first minute by Ianis Hagi, Deac and Nicolae Stanciu, and Cicâldău will play a little more withdrawn.
Florin Andone is injured, but he has a slight chance of getting knocked out.
The “Tricolors” were stationed in the sports base from Mogoșoaia.
The traditional cinema exit has been replaced by an outdoor barbecue.
The watchword is “optimism.”
Northern Ireland: Team form, news and statistics
Northern Ireland has no fond memories of the first edition of the League of Nations.
The Islanders lost all four matches, two to Bosnia and Herzegovina and two to Austria.
Even in the Euro 2020 preliminaries (now Euro 2021) they did not stand out with special evolutions, but rather with the categorical defeat (1-6) in Germany.
The team coached at the time by Michael O’Neill scored only 9 goals in the entire campaign.
O’Neill was replaced by Ian Baraclough, the youth coach.
It has the mission to bring a new breath and a more attractive style of play.
The first concern of the Northern Irish, when they meet a superior opponent, is to defend themselves.
They were not ashamed to sit on three lines, in front of their own box, trying to strike the counterattack.
It remains to be seen whether the new coach will embrace the same strategy or impose a more courageous one.
Most likely, he will defend himself.
He did not make major changes to the team, disappointing those who expected the team to rejuvenate.
The main danger comes from Kyle Lafferty, the striker who plays for Reggina, in Italy. The stars are, however, in defense: Jonny Evans, the central defender of Leicester City, is quoted at 12 million euros, and Jamal Lewis, the left defender of Norwich City, is worth 11 million euros.
Otherwise, the Northern Irish have market values comparable to those of the tricolors.
⚽️Statistics of direct matches Romania vs Northern Ireland
▪️Romania and Northern Ireland have met 5 times so far, four direct matches taking place in the official framework.
▪️Balance: 2 victories Romania, a draw, 2 victories Northern Ireland.
▪️The last two clashes were in the Euro 2016 preliminaries.
▪️After 2-0 at home for the “tricolors”, it was a white draw in Northern Ireland.
Football Prediction of the Day Romania vs Northern Ireland
Mirel Rădoi is a coach with personality, who knows how to be respected, being, at the same time, a friend of the players.
The youth national team impressed at Euro U21 2019 with fighting spirit and mental strength. Once passed on to seniors, where there is enough individual value, these attributes can bring the Romanian national team back to the “good world” of football.
The match with Northern Ireland is a first step. The “Tricolors” have the strength to get a clear victory, to assert their candidacy to win the group.
Bet Tips: Victory Romania