Our football match prediction:
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena will host Saturday’s football game between Georgia and Republic of Ireland. Georgia have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and they have yet to record a win in the process. The hosts head into the match following a 2-2 draw with Moldova and they are seen as big underdogs in the game against Republic of Ireland. The Boys in Green sit in second place in Group D ahead of the trip to Tbilisi, but they are level on points with leaders Serbia. Ireland are on the right track to secure a top-two finish and a win over Georgia would see them move one step closer to meeting the goal. A man to watch in the away team will be WBA winger James McClean, who has netted three goals in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. Taking everything into account, we predict that the visitors will emerge triumphant in Saturday’s clash.
Highligted Player (Levan Mchedlidze):
Levan Mchedlidze is a Georgian international who plays for Empoli as a forward. Mchedlidze played for Dila Gori in the 2005/2006 season and in 2007 he moved to Italy. The Georgian attacker signed a contract with Empoli in July, 2007 and he has been playing for the Azzurri ever since. However, it has to be noted that he was sent on loan to Palermo on 30 August, 2008, playing 11 league games for the Rosanero. Mchedlidze has only three caps for Georgia U21, but he played five games for the senior team in Euro 2016 qualifiers. On 3 June, 2016, he made his 27 appearance for Georgia, in a 5-1 loss to Romania in a friendly match. The Empoli striker scored his first ever goal for the Georgian national team in a 2-0 win over Scotland on 17 October, 2007. Mchedlidze open the scoring after 16 minutes, but he was replaced by Kvakhadze in the second half of the match.
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.