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Poland v Ireland odds : Away win attracting attention after fine start from O’Neil & Keane

Martin O’Neill will hope to build on his stunning start, with the latest Poland v Ireland odds suggesting the Irish could be the value at 12/5 as the O’Neil/Keane partnership face Poland in Gdansk (KO 19:45GMT).

The newly appointed manager made a winning start as an International manager guiding the Irish to a 3-0 win over Latvia on Friday.

Goals from Robbie Keane, Aiden McGeady and Shane Long sealed an impressive win and the former Sunderland manager will hope to build on that start.

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Despite Poland losing 2-0 at home to Slovakia on Friday O’Neill believes they will offer a much sterner test to the Latvians.

“Well, regardless of the performance and the result last night, I think anyone who saw them (Poland) against England would say they are a very decent side, so I think we will have our work cut out.” O’Neill said.

“We can’t get carried away with ourselves. Lots of things could happen. When the big games come in, it’s a matter of having your best players available, and that might not always be the case.

“I felt the performance (on Friday) was excellent. I mentioned last night, there will be sterner tests than Latvia, but it was good.”

O’Neill is set to make a number of changes for the clash with Andy Reid and Joey O’Brien dropping out of the squad with hamstring strains while Sean St Ledger is struggling with a knock.

Kevin Doyle should start up front while Kieren Westwood is likely to drop to the bench with David Forde returning.

The Millwall keeper has warned the Sunderland stopper that he will not give up his place without a fight.

“Look, that’s what you are going to get at international level. Everyone wants to play – you want to play for your country,” he said.

“I know what I have done over the past year and I am just looking forward to the next challenge.

“All I can do is control what I have been doing. At the end of the day, it is down to David Forde and what I do. I don’t get too worried about what everybody else is doing.

“That’s all I can do, really. It took a long time (to get into the team). I am enjoying every game at the moment and I love just meeting up and being involved.

“It’s a fantastic challenge for me and one I just keep looking forward to every time.”

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