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Northern Ireland chase first World Cup qualifying win at home to Azerbaijan

Last Updated: 14/11/12 4:41pm

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Michael O'Neill: Is chasing his first win in charge of Northern Ireland

Michael O'Neill: Is chasing his first win in charge of Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland take on Azerbaijan at Windsor Park on Wednesday chasing their first win in World Cup qualifying Group F.

Michael O'Neill's men currently sit fourth, ten points behind leaders Russia, after taking two points from their opening three games.

The first of those points was a disappointing home draw with minnows Luxembourg, but their second was a fine 1-1 draw away at Portugal last month, easily their best display under O'Neill, who took over last December.

The 43-year-old former Shamrock Rovers manager has yet to taste victory in his six games in charge so far and with no qualifier scheduled after this until March, he will be desperate to sign off for the year with three points.

Azerbaijan, managed by former Scotland boss Berti Vogts, began their campaign with a draw at home to Israel in September but successive defeats to Portugal and Russia leave them joint bottom of the group.

The latest set of FIFA rankings places them 123rd in the world, 23 places behind Northern Ireland.

O'Neill will have to do without the services of Peterborough midfielder Grant McCann, who left the squad to be with his pregnant wife. He is the fifth player to withdraw from the original 24-man squad following the departures of Jonny Evans, Alex Bruce, Andy Little and Jamie Ward.

Ryan McGivern faces a late fitness test while flu-victim Aaron Hughes will also be assessed before O'Neill names his starting XI. Chris Brunt and Shane Ferguson are back in contention after missing the Portugal game through injury, while Dean Shiels is also pushing for a recall.

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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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