Our prediction for this match:
Nagyerdei Stadion in Debrecen will host Tuesday’s friendly between Qatar and Republic of Ireland. Qatar aim to build on back-to-back wins over Luxembourg and Azerbaijan, and they are surely capable of matching Ireland, who have been struggling at the start of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. The Boys in Green kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 3-2 loss to Serbia, with the team losing to Luxembourg in their second group game.
Ireland boss Stephen Kenny is under big pressure ahead of Tuesday’s warm-up game, and seeing that he is likely to rest first-team regulars, we believe that punters can find value in betting on the 2022 World Cup hosts. All Brady, McClean, Long, Parrott, and Molumby are pushing for a start for the visiting team. This will be the first ever meeting between Qatar and Republic of Ireland on the international stage.
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 (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.