Ireland boss Michael O'Neill has made three changes from the side which beat Norway last time out, the third being the inclusion of West Bromwich Albion defender Gareth McAuley, who starts after recovering from injury.
Hosts Azerbaijan have handed a debut to Brazilian-born midfielder Richard Almeida, while influential defender Rashad Sadygov is back in the fold after missing the reverse fixture in Belfast through injury.
Azerbaijan: Aghayev, Medvedev, Huseynov, Sadiqov, Pashaev, Huseynov, Garayev, Almeida de Oliveira, Ismayilov, Sheydaev, Nazarov
Subs: Mirzabekov, Oglu Abdullayev, Pascual Israfilov, Alasgarov, Gurbanov, Nazirov, Abisov, Makhmudov, Ramazanov, Amirguliyev, Quliyev, Agayev
Northern Ireland: McGovern, McLaughlin, Hughes, McAuley, Evans, Dallas, Brunt, Norwood, Davis, Boyce, Magennis
Subs: Ferguson, Flanagan, McGinn, Lafferty, Mannus, Lafferty, Paton, Lund, McCartan, Hodson, Thompson, Carroll
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