Republic of Ireland vs Portugal – Sport Grill


The Republic of Ireland host Portugal at Aviva Stadium, Dublin, for their final Group A home match as UEFA Qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup begins to come to an end.

If Luxembourg fail to win away from Azerbaijan, the Republic of Ireland can move up to third place in Group A, while Portugal can lead the group with victory.

Team news

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James Collins is unavailable for the Republic of Ireland after retiring from the team with a hand injury, as Callum O’Dowda appears to start after being called up as Collins’ replacement.

Seamus Coleman will be looking to start after missing last month’s victories over Azerbaijan and Qatar through injury.

Portugal will be left without Anthony Lopes, Joao Mario and Rafa Silva after the trio withdrew due to fitness issues.

Bernardo Silva is a doubt after suffering a muscle injury that forced him to stop training on Tuesday.

Stats attack

  • The Republic of Ireland have won just one of their last five meetings against Portugal in all competitions (W1, D2, L2).
  • Portugal have won two of their last five visits to the Republic of Ireland (G2, D1, L2).
  • Callum Robinson has scored five goals in the last two games for the Republic of Ireland (W2).
  • Andre Silva has scored in each of Portugal’s last two away games in all competitions (W2).
  • This is the first match involving the Republic of Ireland to be refereed by Jesús Gil Manzano, although Portugal won their only clash with Manzano: they won 2-0 in Luxembourg in November 2019.

Prediction

Since losing to Portugal just over two months ago, the Republic of Ireland has really turned things around with four games without a defeat, of which they were simply dominant against Azerbaijan and Qatar last month, but the pressure is on to show that those results they were not. just a fluke.

Meanwhile, Portugal simply cannot afford to slip in here, especially with a decisive qualifying match against Serbia on Sunday, but it will be boosted by Cristiano Ronaldo form if it can turn its current form with Manchester United into international quality here. .

Frankly, I feel like this is what Portugal should lose on paper, but if Ireland can continue their upward trend I can see them fighting hard against this, but they will need a lot of defensive effort to win, which I just can’t see happening. . .

Prediction: ROI 1-2 Portugal

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