Ireland expected to make two changes against Gibraltar

Ireland expected to make two changes against Gibraltar
Picture: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

IRELAND are set to make two changes for tonight’s match against Gibraltar from the side that drew 1-1 away to Denmark on Friday night. 

Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan and Preston's Callum Robinson, who were late substitutes against the Danes, will replace Glenn Whelan and Robbie Brady.

It seems that Mick McCarthy will opt will a 4-4-2 formation with Hogan partnering David McGoldrick in attack and Robinson playing on the wing. The Irish boss knows that this will be a very different game to the Denmark match, with three points and a big display demanded by the supporters.

The Irish team struggled against Gibraltar in their last meeting, only winning 1-0 back in March. However, Gibraltar’s artificial pitch and windy conditions made it a much more difficult game than anticipated and they should find it much easier tonight at the Aviva Stadium.

Of course, Ireland never make life easy for themselves but with the expected attacking line-up they will be hoping to put the game to bed early. Shane Duffy’s late equaliser last Friday means Ireland sit top of Group D after three games.

After tonight their next qualifier is against Switzerland in September.

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