Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Republic of Ireland will be aiming to make amends for a 3-2 loss to Serbia when they host Luxembourg at their Aviva Stadium on Saturday evening. The Boys in Green did suffer the defeat in their opener, but their display in the Stadion Rajko Mitic clash was anything but poor. Stephen Kenny’s men are eager to put an end to their ten-game winless run, and it seems as if they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course.
Both Jeff Hendrick and Shane Long are pushing for a start. Luxembourg, on the other hand, failed to impress in a 1-0 loss to Qatar in a friendly, which is yet another reason why we are tempted to put our money on the hosts. Sparta Rotterdam defender Goncalves Pinto is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s qualifier after suffering an injury in the defeat to Qatar.
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 (Luxembourg):
Luxembourg national football team is controlled by Luxembourg Football Federation and they play their home games at Stade Josy Barthel. Les Lions Rouges have never qualified for the finals of a major tournament, but they often make life difficult for European teams in the qualifiers.
Luxembourg defeated Macedonia in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, but a victory over Czech Republic in the 1996 European Championship qualifying match is considered the team’s biggest success. Les Lions Rouges play their home matches in red shirts and red shorts, while they wear white jerseys and white shorts when playing on the travels.
Jeff Strasser is both the most famous and the most capped Luxembourg player and it has to be noted that the former Bundesliga player made 98 appearances for the national team. Luxembourg recorded their biggest win against Afghanistan (6-0), in the match that was played in London in 1948. Speaking of their biggest defeat, Luxembourg were outclassed by England 9-0 on two occasions (1960, 1982).