Northern Ireland's World Cup dreams over

Northern Ireland's World Cup dreams ended after they drew 0-0 in Switzerland to lose 1-0 on aggregate in their playoff.

Michael O'Neill's side came agonisingly close to forcing extra-time but Jonny Evans' header was cleared off the line in injury-time by left-back Ricardo Rodriguez, whose controversial first-leg penalty eventually settled the tie.

Switzerland had earlier missed a number of chances to take control of the Basel contest and can be backed at 80-1 to win the World Cup in Russia.

Northern Ireland will hope for better at the next European Championship which will be staged across the continent and the qualifying draw takes place in December 2018. Sky Bet rate Northern Ireland 500-1 to win Euro 2020

Ireland, who welcome midfielder David Meyler back from suspension, remain outsiders to qualify for the World Cup despite their 0-0 draw in Denmark on Saturday.

Martin O'Neill's men are 5-4 to reach Russia in what seems certain to be a nervy night at the Aviva Stadium with an away goal for Denmark a potential disaster for the hosts.

Denmark are 4-6 to find a way past Ireland, although given the lack of attacking action in Copenhagen some punters may be interested in the 11-2 about another 90 minutes without goals.

AFC Wimbledon and Peterborough played out a 2-2 draw in Sky Bet League One with all the goals coming in the first half.

Lyle Taylor gave Wimbledon the perfect start inside a minute but goals from Danny Lloyd-McGoldrick andMarcus Maddison put Posh in front only for Cody McDonald to equalise.

Match in Focus

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C Palace v Stoke

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  • Palace’s only five points of the season have come from their last three home games
Expert verdict
Things are slowly picking up for Crystal Palace, who have beaten Chelsea and drawn with West Ham and Everton in their last three games at Selhurst Park. A home clash with Stoke looks winnable for the Eagles as the Potters have conceded 20 goals in their last eight league matches.

 

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