Republic of Ireland take on Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium on Thursday in this month’s round of Euro 2020 qualifiers.
Mick McCarthy’s side are currently unbeaten and lead the way in Group D on 10 points after four matches, winning three times and drawing once.
Meanwhile, Switzerland occupy third place in the group but have two games in hand on the Boys in Green and could close the gap to just three points with victory in this contest.
Read on for our predictions, key players, TV info and team news ahead of Republic of Ireland v Switzerland.
When is Republic of Ireland v Switzerland and where can I watch live?
Competition: Euro 2020 qualification
Venue: Aviva Stadium
Date: Thursday, 5 September
Kick-off: 7:45PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Mix
Last five meetings: Republic of Ireland v Switzerland
25 Mar 2016: ROI 1-0 Switzerland (International Friendly)
12 Oct 2005: ROI 0-0 Switzerland (World Cup qualifier)
08 Sep 2004: Switzerland 1-1 ROI (World Cup qualifier)
11 Oct 2003: Switzerland 2-0 ROI (Euro qualifier)
16 Oct 2002: ROI 1-2 Switzerland (Euro qualifier)
Aggregate score: Republic of Ireland (WDDLL) 3-5 Switzerland (LDDWW)
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Ones to watch
Republic of Ireland: Callum Robinson
Callum Robinson is yet to score his first international goal for the Green Army, but has started the new Premier League season for Sheffield United like a house on fire, netting in the 2-2 draw against Chelsea at the weekend while establishing himself as a key member in Chris Wilder’s starting XI. If he can transmit his Blades form over to the international stage, then Switzerland will have a very deadly and potent forward to contend with.
Key stat: For Sheffield United this season, no player has registered more shots in the league than Callum Robinson (8).
Switzerland: Breel Embolo
Tipped for great heights upon exploding onto the scene for Basel in 2014, Embolo has since seen a serious injury plague his career at Schalke – and he hasn’t quite reached his full potential just yet. That said, he is still only 22, showed glimmers of his brilliance last season and has begun this term, now at Borussia Monchengladbach, with two goals from his opening three matches – on his day there are few who can stop him.
Key stat: Breel Embolo clocked the fifth-fastest ‘sprint’ of any player in the Champions League last season with a speed of 33.5 km/h.
Republic of Ireland
There have been a number of withdrawals for Mick McCarthy to contend with, either due to injury or fitness issues, with Matt Doherty, James McCarthy, Sean Maguire and Keiren Westwood all dropping out, while Kieran O’Hara, Cyrus Christie and James Collins have all received a call-up as a result.
Predicted XI: Darren Randolph; Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, Richard Keogh, Enda Stevens; Callum Robinson, Jeff Hendrick, Conor Hourihane, James McClean; David McGoldrick, Scott Hogan.
Norwich City newcomer Josip Drmic failed to make the squad having just recovered from injury while Liverpool’s Xherdan Shaqiri has ruled himself out of this international break.
Predicted XI: Yann Sommer; Kevin Mbabu, Nico Elvedi, Fabian Schar, Manuel Akanji, Ricardo Rodriguez; Granit Xhaka, Remo Freuler, Edimilson Fernandes; Breel Embolo, Haris Seferovic.
Republic of Ireland are a difficult to side break down, particularly on home territory, but Switzerland – despite not boasting the luxury of calling upon Shaqiri – have more than enough firepower (Seferovic), tenacity (Freuler) and speed (Embolo) in the tank to hurt the hosts.
Republic of Ireland 1-2 Switzerland