O'Neill keen to freshen things up

10 September 2018 09:17:54 EST

Michael O'Neill does not anticipate making too many changes to his Northern Ireland side for Tuesday's friendly against Israel.

Northern Ireland began their Nations League campaign on Saturday with a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Bosnia and Herzegovina and O'Neill is keen to use Tuesday's match as a way of rebuilding confidence in his squad.

Israel lost their first Nations League game as well - 1-0 against Albania - and have been defeated in their last three matches, having also been beaten by Romania and Spain since winning 1-0 against Liechtenstein 11 months ago.

Northern Ireland are 11/8 to beat Israel and 5/1 to win the match 1-0 while a goalless draw in Belfast is available at 11/2.

O'Neill said: "It gives me an opportunity to look at some aspects but we're not in a position where we can just change nine players.

"To do that we'd need to ask players to play out of position and when you bring players in you want to give them the best chance to do well, so it's important to put them into a team which is cohesive and as strong as possible.

"There will be changes but it is not just a case of starting the players who didn't play on Saturday.

"Any changes that are made will not be a reflection on performance but just on giving a bit of freshness to the team."

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