KICK off: 2 September 21:45
Team news: Ivanauskas has had to deal with the loss of his captain – and Lithuania’s most-capped player ever – Saulius Mikoliunas to injury. A man to keep an eye on for the home team will be his replacement as skipper Fedor Cernych, who found the net in a 1-1 draw with Warta Poznan at the weekend. After a break of almost two years, goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus also returns to the national team. Will Grigg will not be on fire on this occasion for the Northern Irish team, as the striker attempts to rediscover some form by pushing for a move from Sunderland to Doncaster Rovers. Leicester City defender Jonny Evans will also be absent with a foot injury picked up in the FA Cup Final back in May – a significant blow to the backline. Kyle Lafferty has been called up to the squad after Josh Magennis was ruled out by injury, with Sunderland’s Tom Flanagan, Motherwell’s Liam Donnelly and Morecambe loanee Alfie McCalmont also being drafted in.
Prediction: Northern Ireland to win
League: World cup qualification
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