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It's no coincidence Jonny Evans played as Erling Haaland failed to score and providing top stars like him are fit, Northern Ireland will beat Slovakia in Euro play-offs

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Jonny Evans proved he's the man to stop the world's top attacking talents.

Jonny Evans proved he's the man to stop the world's top attacking talents.

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Jonny Evans proved he's the man to stop the world's top attacking talents.

PREDICTION: If Northern Ireland have their strongest team out in November’s play-off decider at Windsor Park they will beat Slovakia and qualify for the Euro 2020 finals.

That means influential captain Steven Davis in the middle of the park, the versatile Stuart Dallas and his Duracell bunny-like energy inspiring all over the pitch and the colossal Jonny Evans in the heart of the defence.

Evans only played the opening 45 minutes in the 1-0 defeat away to Norway in the Nations League, when an unfortunate own goal from Dallas decided the contest, but still managed to show his class.