Olympiacos vs. Fiorentina: 3 hrs 56 mins
Upcoming predictions and previews
Collect News Data
Friendlies 1
Mar 26, 2024 at 7.45pm UK
Aviva Stadium

Rep. Ireland
0 - 1

Coleman (85')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Shaqiri (23')
Widmer (59'), Elvedi (75')

Preview: Republic of Ireland vs. Switzerland - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Republic of Ireland vs. Switzerland - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Tuesday's friendly clash between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Sports Mole

Following goalless draws in their first March friendlies, the Republic of Ireland and Euro 2024-bound Switzerland will meet in Dublin on Tuesday.

Ireland emerged with a creditable result from their weekend game against Belgium, while their Swiss counterparts held Denmark in Copenhagen.

Match preview

Without a permanent manager and having failed to make much impression in European Championship qualifying, the Republic of Ireland were not expected to prevail in Saturday's friendly against a Belgium side unbeaten since the World Cup.

Beginning a brief spell under caretaker coach John O'Shea, who has been joined by former Ireland manager Brian Kerr in the Aviva Stadium dugout, the Boys in Green not only restricted their higher-ranked opponents to very few chances, but they could even have snatched a morale-boosting victory.

Teenage striker Evan Ferguson saw his tame penalty saved by Matz Sels during the first half, but a competitive performance at least showed signs of life following a dismal end to Stephen Kenny's three-and-a-half-year reign.

That era concluded with November's home draw against New Zealand, and the Republic have now won just two of their last 10 matches - both against Gibraltar.

Having finished 12 points adrift of the top two in Group B of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, their last UEFA Nations League performance was also insufficient for a playoff place.

Until a new boss is finally appointed, O'Shea has been tasked with preparing the squad for next season's Nations League campaign, when - after a pair of summertime friendlies - England, Greece and Finland will be Ireland's League B opponents.

Beginning their build-up to this summer's Euros in neighbouring Germany, Switzerland faced the formidable challenge of playing Denmark at Parken on Saturday, when the Danes were defending a long unbeaten record on home turf.

Die Nati were ultimately unable to end their hosts' streak, but a close-fought goalless draw at least ended a run of nine games without keeping an away clean sheet.

At the end of last year, Switzerland reached their fifth continental finals in six, after finishing as Group I runners-up, but coach Murat Yakin has drawn criticism for both his management style and a worrying decline in results.

The Swiss finished behind unfancied Romania following a last-day defeat, and Yakin has presided over just one win in eight games since a 3-0 defeat of Andorra last September.

Six of those fixtures finished all-square, but failing to beat the likes of Israel, Belarus and Kosovo suggests improvement is required if they are to progress from a group featuring Scotland, Hungary and hosts Germany this summer.

Republic of Ireland friendly form:

Republic of Ireland form (all competitions):

Switzerland friendly form:

Switzerland form (all competitions):

Team News

After his first team selection as temporary manager was a relative success, John O'Shea may not make too many changes on Tuesday evening.

Although Matt Doherty and Festy Ebosele are vying for a place on Ireland's right flank, captain Seamus Coleman made a successful return following injury and could start again.

Blackburn Rovers striker Sammie Szmodics - the Championship's 21-goal top scorer - finally made his international debut on Saturday, and he may again support Evan Ferguson up front; Chiedozie Ogbene has picked up a knock so misses out.

Troy Parrott and Liam Scales previously had to withdraw from the squad, but Ryan Manning and Under-21 players Joe Hodge and Andy Moran have been called up as cover.

Meanwhile, Switzerland have a goalkeeping issue to resolve, as Yann Sommer suffered an ankle injury in Denmark and was replaced by Lorient stopper Yvon Mvogo; Borussia Dortmund's Gregor Kobel has already left the squad to receive treatment back in Germany.

Manchester City defender Manuel Akanji is also sidelined, and long-term absentee Breel Embolo remains unavailable.

AC Milan striker Noah Okafor partnered Ruben Vargas in attack last weekend. The latter is now ruled out by injury, so Zeki Amdouni and Servette winger Dereck Kutesa are among those pushing for selection.

Republic of Ireland possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Omobamidele, Collins, O'Brien; Coleman, Cullen, Smallbone, Manning; Knight, Szmodics; Ferguson

Switzerland possible starting lineup:
Mvogo; Elvedi, Schar, Rodriguez; Ndoye, Xhaka, Freuler, Aebischer, Steffen; Okafor, Amdouni

We say: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Switzerland

The Republic of Ireland have won only one of their last seven games against Switzerland, as the two nations have headed in different directions over recent years. However, the Boys in Green stood firm against Belgium and could now capitalise on this Swiss side's shortcomings.

For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

body check tags ::

Previews by email

Click here to get Sports Mole's daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!

amp_article__539644 : Collect and Make Data not in DataBase  : 
last updated article - 2024-03-26 17:55:43:
html db last update - 2024-03-24 10:46:12 :

ex - 7200 : read : write cache and make html
Read more!
Share this article now:

Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!
Recommended Next on SM
Saturday's international friendly predictions including England vs. Brazil
Barcelona confirm Hansi Flick as new head coach
Chelsea 'handed major boost in Enzo Maresca pursuit'
O'Shea given extended stay as Republic of Ireland boss
Premier League Table
CManchester CityMan City38287396346291
4Aston Villa382081076611568
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs382061274611366
7Newcastle UnitedNewcastle381861485622360
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd38186145758-160
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham381410146074-1452
10Crystal Palace381310155758-149
11Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton381212145562-748
14Wolverhampton WanderersWolves38137185065-1546
17Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest3899204967-1832
RLuton TownLuton3868245285-3326
RSheffield UnitedSheff Utd38372835104-6916
Scroll for more - Tap for full version

Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.
Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

history www

Preview: Olympiacos vs. Fiorentina - prediction, team news, lineups



"Those are two very nice clubs" - goalkeeper responds to Arsenal, Liverpool links



Real Madrid-linked Mbappe refuses to rule out future move to Serie A club




Man United 'set Wan-Bissaka asking price amid Inter interest'




Barcelona confirm Hansi Flick as new head coach



Chelsea 'trigger contract extension for attacker'



Barcelona 'sacked Xavi due to stance over Lewandowski future'



Poland Euro 2024 squad: Who makes the cut? Which stars have missed out?



Marko critiques Monaco's future viability for F1



Brighton 'to open talks with ex-Chelsea manager this week'



. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .