Despite languishing in fourth place in the Group F standings, the Faroe Islands are still in with an outside chance of qualifying for Euro 2016.
The minnows currently have six points to their name thanks to home and away wins over former European champions Greece.
However, Lars Olsen's men have mostly struggled during qualifying so far, losing all four of their other matches in the group.
The team has found life difficult at both ends of the pitch since the start of the qualification process, scoring just four times and conceding eight goals.
For a country ranked 75th in the world, it is no surprise to learn that the Faroe Islands have never made it all the way to a major tournament, but a triumph on Friday could put them right back in the mix.
Recent form: LLLWLW
Recent form (all competitions): LLLWLW
Northern Ireland can give their chances of reaching Euro 2016 a huge boost on Friday if they leave the Faroe Islands with a victory.
The Irish occupy second position in the Group F standings, two points behind leaders Romania and two points clear of third-placed Hungary.
Michael O'Neill's men started their qualification campaign with three consecutive wins, but four points from a possible nine since then have seen their hopes hit a stumbling block.
Northern Ireland boast the best attack in Group F with eight goals to their name. At the other end of the pitch they have conceded four times and kept three clean sheets in six outings.
Recent form: WWWLWD
Recent form (all competitions): WLLWDD
Faroe Islands possible starting lineup:
Nielsen; Hansen, Gregersen, Nattestad, Sorensen; Holst, Hansson, Benjaminsen, Hendriksson, Vatnhamar; Edmundsson
Northern Ireland possible starting lineup:
McGovern; McLaughlin, Evans, McAuley, Baird; Davis, Brunt, Dallas, Reeves; Lafferty, Grigg
Head To Head
Northern Ireland have failed to lose any of their previous five encounters with the Faroe Islands. The Irish have won on three occasions, while the other two meetings have ended all square. October's 2-0 win in Belfast was preceded by a 4-0 triumph three years earlier.
We say: Faroe Islands 0-2 Northern Ireland
Despite enjoying an impressive qualification campaign so far, the pressure will be on Northern Ireland to get a result on Friday. The visitors have seen their form drop off as of late, failing to win any of their last three games. That said, they have the quality to go out and beat the Faroe Islands, putting them closer to what would be a first appearance at a European Championship.