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At the age of 20, Sesko is regarded as one of the brightest young strikers in world football and will lead the line for his country for at least the next decade. Manager, Matjaz Kek, is in the enviable position of having a fit and healthy squad to pick from but he could still hand starts to a few inexperienced players. Uncapped forward, Aljosa Matko, has received his first international call-up and could start alongside Sesko in a 4-4-2 with the home side eager to impose themselves on Northern Ireland from the off. Benjamin Sesko (RB Leipzig) Photo by Icon sportNorthern Ireland team newsWhile his opposite number has a clean bill of health, Michael O’Neill has an extensive injury list that has plagued his side’s qualifying campaign thus far.
With not much time left in the qualifiers, Slovenia will be hoping to tumble Northern Ireland and move upwards. Northern Ireland Form With a 2-0 away win against San Marino, Northern Ireland started their qualifier campaign with great strength, but since then, they have fallen apart. They have lost every game and have not even scored a goal. They have struggled against all the toughest teams and will be looking for redemption in the reverse fixtures coming up.
Long-term injury absentees include Steven Davis, Stuart Dallas and Corry Evans while O’Neill has also lost the likes of Shayne Lavery, Jamal Lewis, Conor Bradley and Dale Taylor ahead of this round of fixtures. Out of those players that remain, O’Neill will be banking on the likes of Jonny Evans, who has recently re-signed for Man Utd, and Paddy McNair to steady the ship in Slovenia. The latter will likely have to drop into defence following an injury to Daniel Ballard in training. In terms of reasons to be hopeful, teenager Shea Charles has started four of Southampton’s five Championship games this season and the young midfielder will be key to Northern Ireland’s hopes on Thursday night. Northern Ireland @EURO2024 squad ⚽️@NorthernIreland manager Michael O’Neill provides injury updates on Stuart Dallas, Steven Davis & Corry Evans.
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Slovenia vs Northern Ireland predicted lineups and newsSlovenia come into this match on seven points in four matches in Group H and are very much in the qualification picture. They are two points adrift of Finland and Kazakhstan, who occupy the top two positions and are level on points with top seeds Denmark. Northern Ireland, meanwhile, are in the midst of a three-match losing streak and are on just three points after their opening four games. Slovenia team newsSlovenia’s squad may not have a whole host of household names in its ranks but there are still a few notable players who are fit and raring to go. The biggest name in the Slovenian squad is unquestionably Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, the nation’s captain, and he will once again start in between the sticks on Thursday night. At the other end of the pitch, RB Leipzig’s Benjamin Sesko is the side’s go-to man for goals and the giant striker will be eager to add to his six international goals against Northern Ireland.
Even though they lost three games in a row, all of them were by small margins, reflecting the only significant differences between the teams. Despite their defence being in good spirits, Northern Ireland lacks support from the other end, so their attackers need to buckle up and score goals for the team. Slovenia FormSlovenia are currently battling at the 4th spot in the group. They started out their qualifying campaign with two back to back wins but after losing to Finland afterwards and drawing to Denmark in the last game, they have been derailed. Slovenia has looked impressive, but the team doesn't have a ruthless culture.
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