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Windsor Park 22nd March 2013 - Kick off 19:45

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Ex-England boss Capello boasts 100 per cent record with Russia

Last Updated: 22/03/13 7:42pm

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Fabio Capello: The Italian has an impressive record since taking charge of Russia

Fabio Capello: The Italian has an impressive record since taking charge of Russia

Northern Ireland will attempt to keep alive their slim chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup when they host Fabio Capello's dominant Russia at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Michael O'Neill, who saw the game postponed from an initial date of Friday after heavy snow, has yet to earn a win since taking charge of the Northern Ireland team in February 2012 and he faces a tough task against their next opponents, who have a 100 per cent record in Group F.

Russia top the qualifying group with 12 points and Israel in second place, level with Portugal on seven points, while Northern Ireland are four points further behind.

O'Neill's team therefore have a faint opportunity of still reaching Brazil next summer if they can avoid defeat against Russia in Belfast before Tuesday's crucial home clash with Israel.

Lafferty suspended

Northern Ireland lost against Russia in Moscow in their first game of the qualifying campaign and have drawn their other three matches.

Meanwhile, Capello's Russia have gone from strength to strength and the former England boss has seen his side beat Israel, Portugal and Azerbaijan.

Northern Ireland look set to be without striker Will Grigg as the in-form Walsall player, who was expected to lead the line in the absence of the suspended Kyle Lafferty, has a hamstring problem.

Burnley's Martin Paterson, back in the fold after a self-imposed exile, will be set to start as a lone striker.

Fitness test

But O'Neill also has Inverness forward Billy McKay and Aberdeen pair Niall McGinn and Josh Magennis available.

Rangers' versatile Andrew Little faces a late fitness test after carrying a knee injury in the build-up to the game.

Capello has overlooked Andrey Arshavin, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Pavel Pogrebnyak since taking over Russia, while ex-Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov is struggling to be fit.

Lokomotiv Moscow midfielder Dmitry Tarasov could make his debut after he was given a late call-up to the Russia squad.

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    Fri 22nd Mar - Group B
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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

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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

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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

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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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