Our football match prediction:
Sunday’s football game at Aviva Stadium pits together Republic of Ireland and Uruguay. Republic of Ireland aim to make amends for back-to-back defeats to the likes of Iceland and Mexico, but beating star-studded Uruguay is easier said than done. Anyhow, coach Martin O’Neill is likely to use Sunday’s friendly to test as many players as possible for upcoming World Cup qualifying match against Austria. Uruguay, on the other hand, are on a three-game losing run in the World Cup qualifiers and, no doubt, they are eager to get back on course. La Celeste will be without Barcelona superstar Luis Suarez, who misses the match with injury, and that is the main reason why we predict under 2.5 goals will be scored in the Aviva Stadium clash. In their only previous meeting on the international stage Uruguay recorded a 3-2 win over Republic of Ireland, but a low-scoring affair appears on the cards this time out.
Highlighted Player (Shane Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years. During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton. Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Uruguay):
La Celeste are one of the most successful South American nations. Uruguay are frequently the champions of the continent having most recently won the tournament in 2011. They have won the Copa America a record 15 times including the first ever edition of the competition in 1916, while the team has also won FIFA World Cup in two occasions including the inaugural competition in 1930 when they defeated Argentina 4-2 in the final as hosts. Their second World Cup title came in 1950 when Uruguay and Brazil played a legendary match which recorded a higher attendance than any other football match in the history of the game. Uruguay is the smallest country in the world to have won a World Cup by population, but La Celeste are proud of their football heritage which yielded some of the best footballers in the world over the course of history. Most notable player of the current selection is Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, who is also the team’s top scorer with 45 goals to his name.