Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy has admitted he was satisfied with their draw against Georgia but it means the game against Switzerland on Tuesday has more riding on it.
Georgia put up a stubborn resistance to frustrated the Boys in Green on Saturday meaning Ireland had to rely on their head-to-head record against Denmark to keep them at the summit of Group D.
Sitting level with the Danes on 12 points, the Republic of Ireland are hoping to prevent the Swiss – on eight points themselves – from closing the gap and making the last game against Denmark in November that much more crucial.
McCarthy’s side deserve a lot of credit for the way they have handled a tricky group and they are still unbeaten which has seen them retain pole position heading into the final two games.
Read on for our predictions, key players, TV info and team news ahead of Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland.
When is Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland and where can I watch live?
Competition: Euro 2020 qualifier
Venue: Stade de Genève
Date: Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Kick-off: 7:45 PM BST
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Mix
Last five meetings: Switzerland vs Republic of Ireland
05 September 2019: Republic of Ireland 1-1 Switzerland (Euro 2020 qualifier)
25 March 2016: Republic of Ireland 1-0 Switzerland (Friendly)
12 October 2005: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Switzerland (2006 World Cup qualifier)
08 September 2004: Switzerland 1-1 Republic of Ireland (2006 World Cup qualifier)
11 October 2003: Switzerland 2-0 Republic of Ireland (Euro 2004 qualifier)
Aggregate Score: Switzerland (WDDLD) 4-3 Republic of Ireland (LDDWD)
Ones to watch
Switzerland: Manuel Akanji
The Borussia Dortmund defender is a vital player for Switzerland who have got into the bad habit of conceding late goals. His physicality will be required if James Collins is to be kept quiet.
Akanji, 24, is comfortable with the ball at his feet and is able to play out from the back with ease. He remains one of the brightest players in this Swiss team and should be a mainstay for years to come.
Key stat: Manuel Akanji has completed 90.69% of his passes for Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season.
Ireland: Shane Duffy
Shane Duffy has become a vital player for the Republic of Ireland. The experienced defender plays his club football in the Premier League and is the assured presence at the back needed at international level.
His partnership at the heart of the defence with John Egan could be very important if Mick McCarthy’s men can confirm qualification to the finals.
Key stat: No Brighton player has won more aerial duels in the Premier League this season than Shane Duffy (28).
Borussia Monchengladbach forward Breel Embolo is expected to keep his place in a front three alongside Haris Seferovic and Admir Mehmedi, with the trio having started together against Denmark.
Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka will be the captain while talented defender Manuel Akanji will be the lynchpin in a back three.
Predicted XI: Sommer; Elvedi, Schar, Akanji; Mbabu, Zakaria, Xhaka, Rodriguez; Embolo, Mehmedi; Seferovic.
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James Collins could lose his place if McCarthy opts to return Callum Robinson to his central role which means Oxford United academy product Callum O’Dowda could get his chance on the left.
Aaron Connolly made his debut against Georgia but is expected to drop to the bench in Geneva although McCarthy has hinted the youngster could retain his place in the team.
Shane Duffy made a successful return from injury and should keep his place at the back.
Predicted XI: Randolph; Coleman, Duffy, Egan, Doherty; Whelan, Hourihane; Robinson, Hendrick, McClean; Collins.
Ireland under Mick McCarthy have not always been the easiest to watch but they do deserve a lot of credit for remaining unbeaten in a difficult group.
The game could see the Swiss retain the majority of possession but they have a fragile underbelly which Ireland will look to exploit. Getting a point in Geneva will probably be considered a decent return for the Green Army and that is exactly what we expect them to achieve.
Scoreline prediction: Switzerland 1-1 Republic of Ireland