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The Republic of Ireland have been handed a tough play-off opponents in the form of Bosnia-Herzegovina but are confident of going through to the Euro 2016 in France.
The men in green missed on the chance of an automatic qualification to Euro 2016 after going down 2-1 against Portugal in their final group game. After finishing third, they have been drawn against Bosnia, who finished third as well in their group behind Belgium and Wales in Group B.
Ireland’s previous record in the play-offs has been miserable. Five out seven times, they have failed to qualify for a major tournament in the last 50 years. But manager, Martin O’Neill is confident that things will be different this time around and despite needing to cope with players’ injuries and suspensions, the gaffer is in bullish mood ahead of the first leg of the play-off.
Shane Long is expected to return to the side and could play up front alongside Robbie Keane if Martin O’Neill decides to play with two strikers.
Jon Walters is suspended for the game along with John O’Shea.
The manager is looking forward to take advantage from the fact that the return leg will be played in Dublin and if Republic of Ireland can get something out of the first leg, they will have a massive chance of qualifying for the tournament scheduled to take place in France next year.
Bosnia on the other hand, would be looking to get maximum points from their home game with the likes of Edin Dzeko and Asmir Begovic looking to dent Ireland’s hopes.