Ireland to win easily

Last updated: September 4, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 7:45pm
Venue: Estadio do Algavre
Coverage: Skysports 1
Home form: LLLLL
Away form: DDDWL
Last meeting: 0-7
Referee: Strahonja (Croatia)
Competition: EC Qualification

The Republic of Ireland won’t have a problem winning against bottom of their group – Gibraltar. This match is like a training session for the Irish team before their very important game against Georgia on Monday.

Martin O’Neill’s side is five points behind leaders Poland lying fourth in Group D. So, if they are to qualify, Ireland have to earn six points from their next two games. It looked like an easy task for the Irish players to earn the full package of points in their first match against Gibraltar, but O’Neill said that there are no easy games and his players will have to be extremely motivated in front of the goal.

On the other hand, Jeff Wood, who is the new manager of Gibraltar, have problems with picking his starting eleven, after some of his players refused to play. This players explained that they have personal reasons for not taking part in this upcoming match.

Team News

Ipswich Town striker, McGoldrick, has been in good form, scoring three times in his last seven games, but he will miss these important matches through injury.

O’Neill will give a chance to Bournemouth player Eunan O’Kane who is likely to earn his first cap for his country.

When The Republic of Ireland last played against Gibraltar, the Irish team won 7-0. Gibraltar being bottom of the group it’s not so impressive; they scored just one goal in six games and conceded 34!

With strikers like Robbie Keane, Shane Long and Kevin Doyle, it looks inevitable; the visitors will score lots of goals.

Quotes of the week

jeff wood Jeff Wood (Gibraltar) : “I don’t care how many goals we lose by!”

martin oneill Martin O’Neill (Ireland) : “If you get the time, it is worth watching Gibraltar’s game against Germany.”

Expected line-ups:

Gibraltar (4-5-1): Perez, Chipolina, Casciaro, Chipolina, Garcia, Gosling, Walker, Lopez, Guilling, Lee Casciaro, Kyle Casciaro.
Subs Robba, Neale, Bosio, Sergeant, Rovegno, Olivero, Barnett, Bardon, Victory, Yome, Duarte, Coombes.
Not available: (personal reasons) Coleing, Consigliero, Jolley, Franco, Payas
Rep. Of Ireland(4-4-2): Given, Brady, Coleman, O’Shea, Wilson, McCarthy, Whelan, Hoolahan, McGeady, Doyle, Keane.
Subs Forde, Randolph, Clark, McClean, Rooney, O’Kane, Pilkington, Ward, Pearce, Long, Hendrick.
Not available: reports on squad changes:

So far this campaign

. . .
Gibraltar this campaign Rep. of Ireland this campaign
6 Table Position 4
0 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 1 (1)
Biggest win 7-0 vs Gibraltar
0 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (1)
3 (3) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (1)
0-7 to Poland, Germany and Rep. of Ireland Biggest Defeat 0-1 to Scotland
L. Casciaro (1) Top scorer Keane (3)
Payas (1) Assist Leader Hoolahan (2)
Y6, R0 Discipline Y15, R0
5 Failures to score 1
0 Clean Sheets 1
1 Both Teams to Score Games 4
6 Over 2.5 Games 2
0 Under 2.5 Games 4
  • The Republic of Ireland have lost just once in their last five away games. Gibraltar have played eleven games in their history so far and they have recorded just one win and one draw.
  • Ireland’s goal scoring has been most effective from 45′ to 60′, accounting for 33 % of their goals in the European Qualifiers. Gibraltar have scored only once against Scotland.
  • Ireland’s 2-1 win in Georgia in their opening Group D game remains their only away win in their last six competitive fixtures.
  • Robbie Keane scored a hat-trick in just 18 minutes as Ireland beat Gibraltar 7-0 in their first Group D meeting.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
11/10/14 ECQ Rep. of Ireland 7-0 Gibraltar Keane 6′