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How Ireland Should Now Line Up Against Wales After Moldova Win

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 6/10/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Moldova Ireland team

Ireland did the necessary against Moldova on Friday night to set up a winner-takes-all clash with Wales on Monday. Two first half goals from Daryl Murphy were enough to seal the win, though the performance at times wasn’t particularly strong and some players should be pretty nervous about their role in the starting lineup. Still, Ireland got the win they …

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How A Much-Changed Ireland Should Line Up Against Moldova

Ireland Moldova

Ireland’s slim hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia will almost certainly crumble to dust if they don’t beat Moldova on Friday night. The good news, however, is that the runners-up spot (if not a playoff place) is still very much in Ireland’s hands. The task (but the execution) is simple: two wins from two guarantees second …

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Ireland 0-1 Serbia: Player Ratings From A Frustrating Night In Dublin

2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 5/9/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Serbia Ireland's James McClean reacts to a missed chance

Ireland’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next year hang by a thread after a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Serbia at the Aviva Stadium. It was a much-improved performance from Saturday’s shambolic performance in Tbilisi as the Boys in Green, buoyed by the presence of Wes Hoolahan and David Meyler in midfield, looked a lot more comfortable in possession, …

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How Injury-Hit Ireland Should Line Up Against Serbia

Tbilisi , Georgia - 2 September 2017; Republic of Ireland team before the FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group D match between Georgia and Republic of Ireland at Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi, Georgia. (Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Ireland enter into Tuesday night’s World Cup qualifier against Serbia knowing that, really, only a win will do in their quest to finish top of Group D. Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Georgia has increased the pressure on Martin O’Neill and the Boys in Green to deliver at the Aviva, knowing that defeat will put that top spot almost certainly beyond …

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Would This Attacking Ireland XI Secure All Three Points In Georgia?

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland enter into a decisive week that will have massive ramifications on the nation’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia next year. The Boys in Green have been going well so far and sit joint-top of the table with Serbia heading into these two matches (with a bit of breathing space from Wales and …

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Premier League Team Of The Weekend

On a weekend which saw victories for Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United, Newcastle and Swansea, we pick our team of the weekend from the latest Premier League action. _______ GK: Tom Heaton (Burnley) The Burnley keeper was sensational in their draw with Tottenham – making four top-class saves to keep out the likes of Harry Kane. Were it not for the …

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The Most Expensive ‘Irish XI’ Of All Time Throws Up A Few Surprises

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - DECEMBER 09: Robbie Keane of Liverpool looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group D match between PSV Eindhoven and Liverpool at the Philips Stadium on December 9, 2008 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

A number of Irish internationals have changed clubs over the summer, though the fees involved have (for the most part) been relatively low compared to the extravagant nature of other deals. Unless James McCarthy leaves Everton, Middlesbrough’s £5m capture of Darren Randolph could well end up being the most expensive Irish player of the summer. Indeed, the now-former West Ham goalkeeper …

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Brentford Manager Gushes With Praise For Ireland Defender John Egan

Three International Friendly, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 28/3/2017 Republic of Ireland vs Iceland Republic of Ireland's John Egan with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson of Iceland

Brentford manager Dean Smith has been speaking very highly of Ireland international defender John Egan. The 24-year-old has had a highly promising debut with the Bees in the Championship after joining from League One side Gillingham, and was rewarded for his fine form by being handed his first international cap by Martin O’Neill in a friendly against Iceland in March …

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