The Republic of Ireland hosts Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin as Group D action of the Euro 2020 qualifiers resumes on September 6, 2019

“Soccer" Ireland

The Republic of Ireland is currently on top of the Group D standings with a total of 10 points earned after playing four games so far. The Irish have defeated Gibraltar twice and Georgia once by an aggregate score of 4-0. They also forced a 1-1 tie against Denmark for a total of three wins and one draw so far.

Ireland was winless in four games at the recent UEFA Nations League tournament and was relegated after failing to make it out of the group stage. The Green Army has also not qualified for the FIFA World Cup since 2002 and they were 15th in the Euro 2016 Championship.

This was the squad that Republic of Ireland Squad that played against Gibraltar last June 10, 2019:

  • Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough), Mark Travers (Bournemouth), Sean McDermott (Kristiansund BK)
  • Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Egan (Sheffield United), Kevin Long (Burnley), Richard Keogh (Derby County), Shane Duffy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Enda Stevens (Sheffield United), Greg Cunningham (Cardiff City)
  • Midfielders: Alan Judge (Ipswich Town), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Glenn Whelan (Aston Villa), Jeff Hendrick (Burnley), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Luca Connell (Bolton Wanderers), Josh Cullen (Charlton Athletic*), Robbie Brady (Burnley), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), James McClean (Stoke City), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth)
  • Forwards: David McGoldrick (Sheffield United), Shane Long (Southampton), Sean Maguire (Preston North End), Scott Hogan (Aston Villa), Callum Robinson (Preston North End)
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“Soccer" Switzerland

Switzerland has played just two matches so far in the ongoing Euro 2020 qualifiers. The Swiss are currently in third place in Group D with four points earned from a 2-0 win over Georgia in their opening match last March 23, 2019, and a 3-3 draw with Denmark three days later. They enter this game as the soccer betting favorites to beat the Republic of Ireland.

Switzerland finished 4th in the recently concluded UEFA Nations League held in Portugal. The Swiss lost to the Netherlands 1-3 in the semifinals. The Red Cross was 11th in the 2016 Euro tournament and 14th during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

These were the footballers who played for Switzerland in their most recent match against England last June 9th:

  • Goalkeepers: Yann Sommer (Mönchengladbach), Yvon Mvogo (Leipzig), Jonas Omlin (Basel)
  • Defenders: Manuel Akanji (Dortmund), Loris Benito (Young Boys), Nico Elvedi (Mönchengladbach), Michael Lang (Mönchengladbach), Kevin Mbabu (Young Boys), Jacques-François Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodríguez (Milan), Fabian Schär (Newcastle)
  • Midfielders: Edimilson Fernandes (Fiorentina), Remo Freuler (Atalanta), Xherdan Shaqiri (Liverpool), Djibril Sow (Young Boys), Renato Steffen (Wolfsburg), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Denis Zakaria (Mönchengladbach), Steven Zuber (Stuttgart), Noah Okafor (Basel)
  • Forwards: Josip Drmić (Mönchengladbach), Haris Seferović (Benfica), Albian Ajeti (Basel)

“Soccer" Who Wins?

The Republic of Ireland has a record of 3 wins and two draws in their last five games played. Switzerland is 2-1-2 SU in their last five games played. Head to head, Ireland and Switzerland have played a total of 16 times. The Swiss have won 8 times, Ireland 5 and these teams figured in a draw thrice.

Ireland is coming off a poor performance at the UEFA Nations League tournament where they suffered relegation to League C after they were winless in four games and finished third in League B. But in the current 2020 Euro qualifiers, The Republic of Ireland have played well with three wins against teams they were expected to beat. They also forced a draw against Denmark, taking an all-important point in that match. They are atop Group D right now but there’s still plenty of football to be played.

Meanwhile, Switzerland has played just two games so far and have four points on a win and a draw. This team is expected to compete for the top spot of Group D along with Denmark and Ireland. The Swiss finished 4th in the recent UEFA Nations League tournament and are considered one of the top football teams in the world, although they have never won a major international title.

Switzerland showed lapses when they blew a 3-0 lead and finished in a tie with Denmark during their March meeting. However, the Swiss took it to England in the third-place match at the UEFA Nations League tournament and lost only via penalty kicks (6-5). This is a team that can compete at a high level right now and should pose problems for Ireland. Prediction: Switzerland

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