Michael O'Neill's side currently occupy fourth spot in Group F with just two points from their first three games, while Azerbaijan sit one spot below and with one point fewer.
The home side picked up a vital point in a 1-1 draw with Portugal last month, but need to begin a winning run if they are to put themselves in the qualification picture.
Azerbaijan, meanwhile, have lost back-to-back games against Portugal and Russia, but will see this match as a chance to get their first victory on the board.
Northern Ireland: LDLDD
Northern Ireland: Carroll; Hughes, McGiven, Cathcart, McAuley; Baird, Davis, Evans, Brunt; Healy, Lafferty
Azerbaijan: Agayev; Abisov, Levin, Sukurov, Sadiqov; Agayev, Amirquliyev, Certoqanov, Naziri; Aliyev, Nadirov
Sports Mole says: 2-0