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Is Northern Ireland vs Bulgaria on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch World Cup qualifier

Northern Ireland welcome Bulgaria to Windsor Park tonight for a World Cup qualifier with both sides looking for their first points of Group C.

Ian Baraclough remains without a win in 90 minutes as Northern Ireland boss and his side have suffered two defeats this international break – a 2-0 defeat to Italy to open their World Cup qualifying campaign last week and a 2-1 friendly loss to the United States on Sunday.

That said, his side have a great chance to get their first win since October 2019 against Bulgaria, who have lost both of their own opening two fixtures in qualifying.

Another defeat would be seriously damaging for either countries’ hopes of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, with Italy and Switzerland already six points clear after just two fixtures.

Here’s everything you need to know about this evening’s fixture.

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When is it?

The match will kick off tonight at 7.45pm GMT.

How can I watch it?

The game will air live on Sky Sports Football. Subscribers can also stream it live on the Sky Sports website and SkyGo app. If you’re not a Sky customer you can grab a NOWTV Day Pass here to watch without a subscription.

What is the team news?

Liam Boyce remains unavailable following the birth of his second child, but apart from that Baraclough has a fully-fit squad. Steven Davis is in line to make a British-record 126th international appearance after missing out against the USA.

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Predicted line-ups

Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell; Smith, Cathcart, Evans, McNair, Dallas; Evans, Davis, McCann; Whyte, Magennis

Bulgaria: Iliev; Antov, Dimov, Zamev; Popov, Kostadinov, Malinov, Cicinho; Despadov, Yamov, Galabinov

Odds

Northern Ireland: 10/11

Draw: 21/10

Bulgaria: 18/5

Prediction

Northern Ireland 1-1 Bulgaria.

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