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Qatar vs Republic of Ireland: Predictions
The Republic of Ireland will be hoping to gain a confidence boost in their friendly against the 2022 World Cup hosts on Tuesday night after their shock defeat to Luxembourg on Saturday. Since Stephen Kenny took charge of the Ireland squad they have failed to win any of the 10 games they have been involved in.
Gerson Rodrigues’ 85th-minute strike proved the difference on the weekend as the Irish were left stunned in Dublin as the away side defied the odds to register three unexpected points in the World Cup Qualifier. The defeat left Ireland rock bottom of Group A without a single point following their defeat to Serbia in their opening game.
It may not be a stroll in the park in Hungary for Ireland, in Qatar’s last two games they have beat Luxembourg and Azerbaijan both of which Ireland will be familiar with. As mentioned, Ireland lost to Luxembourg on the weekend and Azerbaijan currently sit one place ahead of the Irish in the qualification group.
Qatar have only lost one of their last five games which came against South Korea in November but Kenny will be hoping his side can earn their first win since November 2019 which came in the last friendly game they played was against New Zealand.
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Qatar vs Republic of Ireland: Match Stats
Troy Parrott is one of Tottenham Hotspur’s bright youngsters who is currently out on loan at Ipswich Town. Earlier this month Parrott opened his account in senior club football with the only goal of the game against Plymouth Argyle and could well play a part on Tuesday night having come on as a late substitute in their defeat to Luxembourg on Saturday.
In nine of their last 10 games across all competitions, the games have finished with under 2.5 goals scored. The only game to go against the grain was their 3-2 defeat to Serbia just last week. The Ireland defence has remained relatively tight over Kenny’s reign, however, their ability in front of goal has not been as impressive.
Qatar vs Republic of Ireland: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Qatar 0-2 Republic of Ireland
These two nations have never met in their histories. Ireland will view it as a great opportunity to get their winning record with Kenny at the helm underway. Anything less than a win and there will be even further pressure piled on the Ireland manager following two defeats in their two opening games of the World Cup Qualifiers.