Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena will host Saturday’s football game between Georgia and Republic of Ireland. Georgia are five points behind top two in Group D, meaning that this has to go down as a must-win game for Vladimir Weiss’ troops. The Georgians aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in all competitions, but the match against Republic of Ireland will be anything but a walk in the park for them.
The Boys in Green, on the other hand, are determined to retain top position in the standings and seeing that Denmark and Switzerland face each other in Copenhagen on Saturday evening, a win over Georgia will see Mick McCarthy’s troops move one step closer to securing qualification for the next year’s showpiece tournament. Nonetheless, seeing that the Georgians are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw.
Highlighted Player (Lasha Dvali):
Lasha Dvali is a Georgian footballer who plays for Hungarian side Ferencvaros as a defender. Lasha Dvali’s main position is centre-back, but he is used as both left-back and defensive midfielder as well. The 191-cm tall footballer has a contract with Ferencvaros until June 30, 2020.
Before joining the Hungarian champions, the Georgian defender played for the likes of Skonto, Reading, Kasimpasa, Duisburg, Slask, Irtysh Pavlodar and Pogon. Lasha Dvali is a product of Saburtalo football academy, but he played for Metalurgi Rustavi during his youth career as well. The Ferencvaros centre-back made his debut with the Georgian national team on March 2015 against Germany, coming as a substitute for Aleksandre Amisulashvili.
He has eight caps with the U21 team as well. Lasha Dvali will have a chance to prove his worth in the Europa League as Ferencvaros will compete in the European competition in the 2019/2020 season.
Highlighted Team (Ireland):
Competing as an independent entity since 1953, Republic of Ireland have struggled to match the world’s best national teams ever since, although they did achieve several respectable results on the road. Their best ever result, the 1990 World Cup quarter-final, was achieved with a big smile from Lady Luck seeing that the Irish reached the last eight without winning a single match.
They have since reached the last 16 stage at the 1994 and 2002 tournaments, while only qualifying for three European Championship finals (1988, 2012, 2016). The Irish were in the top 10 of the FIFA Rankings in 1993 and 1994, but have failed to repeat the success in the next twenty odd years, and it appears they are no closer to bridging the gap behind European powerhouses.
Robbie Keane holds the record for most national team caps and goals at the same time, having bagged 67 in 143 appearances, whereas Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton, Damien Duff, Tony Cascarino and Don Givens are some of the other star players.