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Michael O'Neill
O'Neill leads a Northern Ireland side unbeaten in their last 12 games into their first European Championships.Getty Images

Northern Ireland take on Poland in the first game of Group C in the European Championships at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France on Sunday, 12 June.

Where to Watch Live

Kick-off is at 5pm BST. Live TV coverage in the UK is available on BBC One. Radio commentary is available on BBC Radio 5 live. Live TV coverage in India is available on Sony Six and Sony ESPN, with mobile and online coverage available on SonyLiv. Kick-off is at 9.30pm IST (Sunday).

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Preview

Northern Ireland play their first major tournament in over 30 years, having last played in the 1986 World Cup. However, they have been in brilliant form coming into the tournament and will be looking to uphold their form in qualifying into the finals. They are currently unbeaten in their last 12 games, a national record plus the highest unbeaten run in the entire format this season.

Their stunning qualifying campaign has propelled them into 25th spot in the Fifa rankings, two spots above Poland whom they face in their opening game. They haven't conceded a goal in the last 271 minutes of football, an incredible feat given the competition they were up against in the last few months. They are currently unbeaten in their last two games against Poland, having lost the three previous to that.

Meanwhile, Poland will know that this is their best chance to progress into the round of 16 for the first time in their three years of participation, especially with the new format also allowing third placed teams to go through. They have a dismal record in the Euros, losing three and drawing the rest in all the games they have been involved in. They have the hottest striker on the planet in the form of Robert Lewandowski, who scored 13 goals during qualifying, the highest by any player competing for top honours.

Prediction

Draw

Betting odds (Betfair)

N.Ireland– 5/1

Draw – 5/2

Poland– 8/11

Team News

Northern Ireland

Possible XI: McGovern, McAuley, Cathcart, Evans, Baird, McLaughlin, Norwood, Davis, Dallas, Ward, Lafferty

Poland

Possible XI: Fabianski; Piszczek, Szukala, Glik, Rybus; Maczynski, Jodlowiec, Krychowiak, Peszko ; Lewandowski, Milik