Ireland V Slovkia/Russia

Discussion in 'Ireland' started by joma05, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. joma05

    joma05 Member

    May 7, 2009
    10 days 'till the Slovakia game, surely we must be looking at 3 points v Slovakia (considering they just beat Andorra 1-0) and hopefully a point from the Russians?

    Russia also play Macedonia - 3 points there you'd imagine
    Slovakia also play Armenia - Might get a draw, probably 3 points there

    Hopefully the table will look like this;

    P-W-L-D-PTS
    Russia 8-5-1-2-17
    Ireland 8-5-1-2-17
    Slovakia 8-5-2-1-16
     
  2. bob.

    bob. Member

    Dec 8, 2004
    CORK
    Club:
    Cork City
    Ireland squad for the Slovakia and Russia games

    Shay Given (Aston Villa), Keiren Westwood (Sunderland), David Forde (Millwall), John O'Shea (Sunderland), Kevin Foley (Wolves), Stephen Kelly (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Fulham), Stephen Ward (Wolves), Richard Dunne (Aston Villa), Kevin Kilbane (Derby), Sean St. Ledger (Leicester City), Darren O'Dea (Leeds Utd), Glenn Whelan (Stoke City), Darron Gibson (Manchester Utd), Keith Andrews (Ipswich), Keith Fahey (Birmingham), Andy Keogh (Leeds Utd), Damien Duff (Fulham), Aiden McGeady (Spartak Moscow), Stephen Hunt (Wolves), Liam Lawrence (Portsmouth), Keith Treacy (Burnley), Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Kevin Doyle (Wolves), Shane Long (WBA), Simon Cox (WBA).
     
  3. pmannion

    pmannion Member
    Staff Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Newfoundland
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Two tough matches. Slovakia were poor when we played them in Bratislava, but can be a solid side on their day (they are in fact ahead of us in FIFA rankings), and under Trapattoni, if anything, we have been poorer in Dublin than away from home. Teams just don't win in Moscow - I think a draw is the best we can hope for out there. Even then, Russia will still be ahead of us on head to head, we will be depending on them dropping points elsewhere. Beat the Slovaks, though, and it will be a titanic winner-take-all sort of match.

    I'm optimistic - 4 points would be great, but at the same time I can see us getting just one.

    Not surprised that McCarthy has been left out. He is in the U-21 squad. Anyone think he will actually turn up and play for them in Sligo?
     
  4. SebastianK

    SebastianK Member

    Apr 12, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Four points is for the birds. I want six. Make it seven. We deserve an extra point if we score more than ten goals in Moscow.
     
  5. pmannion

    pmannion Member
    Staff Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Newfoundland
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Gibson and Fahey out, other than that we are pretty much at full strength. Trap said McGeady is 100% fit, despite only playing 3 minutes of the Moscow derby this weekend.

    I expect:

    -------------Given-------------
    O'Shea, Dunne, St. Ledger, Kilbane
    McGeady, Andrews, Whelan, Duff
    ----------Keane, Doyle---------
     
  6. LuckyDay

    LuckyDay New Member

    Jul 6, 2011
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    The team has been announced

    Shay Given, John O'Shea, Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger, Stephen Ward, Damien Duff, Keith Andrews, Glenn Whelan, Aiden McGeady, Robbie Keane and Shane Long.

    http://www.fai.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=102028&catid=1&Itemid=8
     
  7. joma05

    joma05 Member

    May 7, 2009
    Just watching the Russia game, they look suspect at the back, Macedonia should of had a penalty and possibly Russia keeper sent off, instead they Russia went down the other end and took the lead, the ref seems to be a bit baised toward the Russians, intimidated by the stadium maybe?.
     
  8. joma05

    joma05 Member

    May 7, 2009
    Just watched the Russia game and if we get at them an attack them we should get some luck and some goals
     
  9. Ash II

    Ash II New Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    In a madhouse
    You really dont follow tbe ROI at all do you?
     
  10. Ash II

    Ash II New Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    In a madhouse
    Load of bollix.
     
  11. Dyvel

    Dyvel Member+

    Jul 24, 1999
    The dog end of a day gone by
    Club:
    Leeds United AFC
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Ireland are just not good enough.

    Who do you like on Sunday The Cats or Tipp?
     
  12. NY Hoop

    NY Hoop Member

    Shamrock Rovers
    Jun 3, 2003
    Washington D.C.
    Club:
    Shamrock Rovers
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Got a free ticket and wish I didnt. Woeful all over. The very basics these multi millionaires couldnt do. Not helped by the complete lack of atmosphere. In fairness the away support was superb.

    We're not done yet and we seem to play better away but.......


    KOH
     
  13. Dimuha

    Dimuha Member

    Oct 18, 2007
    northpole Chicago
    Club:
    CSKA Moskva
    Nat'l Team:
    Russia
    Does O'shea play LB or CB for you guys? I see that he's out for the game and I'm curious as to who your RB will be and if he's any good.
     
  14. Bucky-O'Hare

    Bucky-O'Hare Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Ireland
    Club:
    Derry City
    O'Shea played right back the other night. In the Russia match it will be Stephen Kelly of Fulham. He's ok.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/14775841.stm
     
  15. joma05

    joma05 Member

    May 7, 2009
    Seems Andorra will finish bottom of the group so here's how the group looks now with the points deducted against Andorra

    PTS
    Russia --- 13
    ROI --- 11
    Slovakia -- 8

    Us and Russia still have to play Andorra once, however it doesn't look to good for the Slovak's who have to play Russia, Armenia and Macedonia
     
  16. SebastianK

    SebastianK Member

    Apr 12, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Club:
    Los Angeles Galaxy
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    We also have a 1-0 aggregate advantage on Slovakia.
     
  17. Samarkand

    Samarkand Member+

    May 28, 2001
    Russia, whether the USSR, CIS or Russia, have only lost 3 competitive home games in its entire history, though one was to Slovakia early on in this group.
     
  18. LuckyDay

    LuckyDay New Member

    Jul 6, 2011
    Club:
    Chelsea FC
    Kelly for O'Shea and O'Dea for St. Ledger at Centre Back - I don't think that they significantly weaken the team. In fact I'd say that Kelly is better then O'Shea going forward.
     
  19. paddywhack

    paddywhack Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    Toronto, Canada
    Suprised to see McCarthy is on the bench, I thought Trappatoni left him out of the squad...they'll need him, russia are dominating so far.
     
  20. YankBastard

    YankBastard Na Na Na Na NANANANAAA!

    Jun 18, 2005
    Estados Unidos
    Club:
    AS Roma
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    Russia is dominating this match.
     
  21. B Rock

    B Rock Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Dominating might not be strong enough of a description.

    A couple of fantastic saves by Given, goal line clearances, last ditch tackles, and pingings of the post.

    Hard to rationalize how it's still 0-0 but one moment of brilliance could still put Ireland in the drivers seat, as improbable as that seems given the evidence on display from the last 135 minutes of play.....
     
  22. Martino2Buddle

    Dec 12, 2005
    Richmond, VA
    Club:
    DC United
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    0-0 final. Very good result for Ireland. Given made himself big and saved what looked to be the game winner in stoppage time. It wasn't a thing of beauty but I'll take it.
     
  23. pmannion

    pmannion Member
    Staff Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Newfoundland
    Nat'l Team:
    Ireland Republic
    Richard Dunne - unbelievable performance. Given, too.

    The draw is a great result... but if Russia and Slovakia draw in Bratislava (likely result I think), IRL/RUS/SVK win all their other matches, then we will finish third on head to head. Have a horrible feeling this is what is going to happen.
     
  24. Samarkand

    Samarkand Member+

    May 28, 2001
    Emmmmm.……Armenia thumped Slovakia 4-0 in Bratislava; surely one of the oddest results in European football in these qualifiers.
     
  25. B Rock

    B Rock Member

    Oct 7, 2004
    Uh, yeah. Irish eyes indeed and the group tilted on its head again.

    Now if Slovakia pulls off the double over Russia in Bratislava (and its a "must win" for them to even achieve a playoff spot) it would put Ireland in the drivers seat for automatic qualification with wins @ Andora and home to Armenia.

    Shocking. Absolutley shocking group.
     

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