Huge night for Davis

By SFC Media Thu 09 Nov International

It's a huge night ahead for Southampton captain Steven Davis, who is set to lead Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualifying play-off clash with Switzerland.

The Irish have enjoyed another memorable campaign, following up their heroics of qualifying for and then reaching the knockout stages of EURO 2016, by finishing second behind world champions Germany in their group on the road to the 2018 finals, in Russia.

That has seen Michael O'Neill's side advance to the play-off round, where they now face a two-legged tie with Switzerland.

The first clash is tonight (7.45pm GMT), as Davis and his teammates welcome the Swiss to Belfast.

A good result this evening would be huge for Northern Ireland, who make the trip to Switzerland for the concluding leg this Sunday.

Davis is not the only Saints player in action tonight, with Virgil van Dijk also away with the Netherlands squad for their friendly against Scotland, at Aberdeen's Pittodrie Stadium (7.45pm GMT).

Wesley Hoedt had also been due to be involved, having been selected for the final Dutch squad, but he has withdrawn with a knock. 

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