Estonia vs Northern Ireland live stream, Sky Sports, Sunday 5 September, 5pm BST
Northern Ireland will put their World Cup qualifying campaign on hold to face Estonia in a friendly on Sunday.
Ian Baraclough's side picked up their first win on the road to Qatar on Thursday, as Northern Ireland thrashed Lithuania 4-1 away from home. That was a much-needed boost to their chances of a top-two finish, having previously lost 2-0 to Italy and been held to a 0-0 draw at home to Bulgaria. Northern Ireland will be hoping to see the Italians beat Switzerland this weekend, as that would keep them in touch with second place in Group C.
In truth, though, it will be tough for Baraclough's men to reach the play-offs. Switzerland are World Cup regulars whose players mostly play at a higher level than those of Northern Ireland. The expanded European Championship has offered smaller nations in UEFA a chance to take part in major tournaments, but for now the World Cup remains a distant dream for the likes of Northern Ireland, who have not participated in the event since 1986.
They have at least reached the World Cup, unlike their upcoming opponents Estonia (excluding their experience as part of the Soviet Union). Estonia sit bottom of Group E, which contains Belgium, Czech Republic, Wales and Belarus, having lost each of their three outings to date.
Baraclough could ring the changes from the victory over Lithuania, as this is a good opportunity to take a look at some of the fringe players in his squad. The likes of Liam Donnelly, Ciaron Brown, Trevor Carson, Shayne Lavery and Ali McCann all of whom have made less than 10 appearances for the senior side, will hope for a chance to impress.
At the other end of the experience spectrum, Steven Davis could win his 127th cap. The midfielder is already Northern Ireland's record appearance-maker, having overtaken the legendary goalkeeper Pat Jennings last October.
Kick-off is at 5pm BST and the game is being shown live on Sky Sports Football the UK.
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