Causeway Chronicle

Northern Ireland’ begin fourth UEFA Nations League campaign at home to Luxembourg

Michael O’Neill’s side are due to compete against Luxembourg, Bulgaria and Belarus in League C Group 3 this autumn.

And they will begin and end their latest UNL campaign with games against Luxembourg.

Matchday one will see Northern Ireland take on the top seeds in the group at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park on Thursday 5 September before jetting off to face second seeds Bulgaria away on Sunday 8 September.

The third match for the third seeds in the fourth edition of the Nations League is against Belarus away on Saturday 12 October, followed by a home encounter against Bulgaria on Tuesday 15 October.

Matchday five will see Northern Ireland take on Belarus in Belfast on Friday 15 November before they face Luxembourg for a second time, away on Monday 18 November.

Northern Ireland are due to play four friendlies – two in March (both away, against Romania and Scotland) and two in June (opposition TBC) – before their Nations League campaign begins in September.

The winners of the four groups in League C will be automatically promoted to League B in the next edition of the competition. And the third-ranked teams of League B and the runners-up of League C will have to play a home-and-away promotion/relegation play-off.

There will also be play-offs between the two best-ranked fourth-placed teams from League C and the two runners-up from League D. The two lowest-ranked fourth-placed teams in League C, meanwhile, will be relegated to League D.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson