Our match prediction:
The quartet of Matt Doherty, Eunan O'Kane, Jonathan Hayes and Alan Judge will have the opportunity to make their first appearance at Aviva Stadium when the Republic of Ireland host Switzerland. The Schweizer Nati suffered a major blow at the very start of their preparation for the upcoming Euro in France, as they lost their talented forward Josip Drmic (knee surgery), who helped his national team to book a place in the final tournament with 4 goals in the qualifiers. The Green Army are on a four-game winless run against Vladimir Petkovic’s side, having shared the spoils in their last meeting in Dublin. However, Martin O’Neal’s charges boast a 3-1-1 record in their home encounters with the Rossocrociati, so the fans expect their team will achieve another positive result. Their last two clashes were real nail-bitters, so we predict a hard, low-scoring meeting on Friday night, while giving the slight advantage to the hosts.