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It’s hard to trust a team that hasn’t won a competitive game since their 3-1 win over Bulgaria in 2019. Yes, it’s been so long, guys! However, Ireland’s performance under beleaguered boss Stephen Kenny has been better than the results indicate and hopefully the former Dundalk manager’s luck will change on Saturday.
Saturday 5 p.m .: Azerbaijan v Ireland
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His side dominated Azerbaijan in the second leg at Aviva Stadium last month and are expected to have more power in attack with West Brom’s Callum Robinson likely to replace Troy Parrott. Ireland should have the majority of possession on Saturday and with a bit more precision (and a better finish) which will hopefully lead to a much later victory. Let’s face it, Kenny desperately needs it too.
Despite Kenny’s attempts to transform Ireland into a more cultured outfit, they still carry a huge set-piece threat. John Egan scored against Portugal and had a shot on target against Azerbaijan in the last international window. The Sheffield United center-back looks priced right to find the target here too.
Despite mixed recent form for club and country, Aaron Connolly is a player who always seems to have chances in a green jersey. Hoping that the Brighton man finally finishes on a Saturday, to relaunch his international career.
Anyone who has watched James McClean play regularly knows why this is a viable bet! He is now even more likely to be in the wrong referee books now that he operates in a defensive end role under the current Irish regime.
Ireland to win
John Egan will shoot the target
Aaron Connolly will score anytime
James McClean to be patented
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