Our football match prediction:
Republic of Ireland and Iceland face each other at Aviva Stadium in what is expected to be one of the most interesting games of Tuesday’s program. The Boys in Green rolled over Oman in their last friendly game, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry against the Icelanders. Martin O’Neill’s men are determined to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup and, no doubt, the former Aston Villa coach is going to use upcoming friendly matches to rest his key players. Anyhow, seeing that Ireland are tough to beat at home, we predict that they will share the spoils with Iceland in Tuesday’s football match. Heimir Hallgimsson’s team are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in the Aviva Stadium clash and, taking everything into account, fans are likely to see a low-scoring affair in Dublin. It has to be noted that Iceland are after their first ever win over Ireland.
Highlighted Player (Shane Duffy):
Shane Duffy is a footballer from Northern Ireland, who plays for Blackburn Rovers as a centre back. Duffy was born on 1 January, 1992 and he is considered one of the tallest players in the Championship. The 193-cm-tall defender began his youth career at Foyle Harps and went on to sign a deal with Premier League giants Everton in 2008. Despite being an Everton player for five years, he made no more than five appearances for the Goodison Park outfit in the process. The Northern Ireland international enjoyed loan spells with Burnley, Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town before joining Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee in 2014. Shane Duffy scored four goals in 41 appearances for the Rovers in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and he played an important role in Paul Lambert’s team. Despite being born in Northern Ireland, the defender made his international debut for Republic of Ireland in June 2014 against Costa Rica, switching his allegiance after representing the Northern Ireland Under-16 side.
Highlighted Team (Iceland):
Iceland had little to no success during the first 60 years of entering the FIFA competitions, failing to qualify to a single major tournament in that period, but the team then went on to make tremendous progress at the start of the 21st century. The Nordic side narrowly missed out on a place at the 2014 World Cup, losing in the play-off to Croatia, but they then enjoyed a thoroughly impressive qualifying campaign to reach the Euro 2016 finals, taking 20 points from 10 matches to leave Turkey and Netherlands trailing in their wake. As a result, the generation featuring players like Gylfi Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Emil Hallfredsson will go down as one of the most successful in the national team history and it could be quite some time before another team repeat their success. Even if he was only used as a bit-part player during the Euro 2016 qualifiers, Eidur Gudjohnsen has got to be mentioned as the first Icelandic footballer to have played for top European sides.