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All You Need To Know Ahead Of Ireland’s Euro 2020 Opening Qualifier

The Republic of Ireland get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign off the ground this evening with a Group D opener against Gibraltar.

Mick McCarthy returns to the Ireland sideline for the first time since 2002 and he has Terry Connor and Robbie Keane by his side in his management team.

It should be a relatively straight forward opener for McCarthy and Ireland and ahead of the game, we have compiled all the information that you need to know.

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Who are playing? 

Gibraltar v Republic of Ireland.

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Where is the game being played?

Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar.

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What time is kick-off? 

5 pm Irish time.

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Where can I watch the match? 

RTE 2 will have full live coverage from 4 pm while the match will also be shown on Sky Sports Main Event with coverage beginning at 4.55pm.

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Who else is in our group? 

Switzerland, Denmark, and Georgia.

Georgia take on Switzerland at the Boris Paichadze Stadium. The game is live on Sky Sports from 2 pm.

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How good are Gibraltar?

Ranked 194th in the world, Gibraltar are considered a minnow at international level. They finished bottom of their Euro 2016 qualifying group as well as their 2018 World Cup one.

The UEFA Nations League, however, has been kind to them with Gibraltar picking up six points defeating Armenia and Lichtenstein.

Ireland should still defeat them with ease.

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How have we done against them in the past?

Gibraltar and Ireland met in Euro 2016 qualifying, with Martin O’Neill’s men comfortably winning out on both occasions by 4-0 and 7-0.

 

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Have Ireland got any injury issues?

As of Saturday afternoon, McCarthy has a fully fit 23 to choose from ahead of this evening’s game against Gibraltar.

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What is the Irish starting XI expected to look like?

There’s a lot of intrigue surrounding McCarthy’s first starting XI as Irish boss, but having weighed up the options earlier in the week we feel, he’ll try something along these lines;

Who is the Ireland captain? 

Mick McCarthy has confirmed that Seamus Coleman will start the game this evening and will captain the side on his 50th cap for the Republic of Ireland.

 

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What is our next fixture? 

Ireland host Georgia in the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday (March 26). Kick off is 7.45pm

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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