After England’s qualification on Friday the Republic of Ireland are hoping to follow suit when they entertain Armenia at the Aviva Stadium.
The home side will guarantee a play-off place for Euro 2012 next summer should they manage a draw against a much improved side who will be buoyed by their 4-0 win against Slovakia last week.
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Ireland won at the weekend too though, securing a comfortable 2-0 win at Andorra. Both teams will have great confidence going into the contest on Tuesday night.
Despite his team’s slim chances of topping the group – they would need Russia to lose at home to Andorra – Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni has guaranteed that his team will continue to give 100% in an attempt to secure three points. They will not be settling for the draw.
As for Armenia, their recent free-scoring has come as a huge surprise for many. The minnows have won three games in succession as they look to overtake the Republic of Ireland into second place this evening.
There is no doubt that this will be a great test for Trapattoni’s men who have kept four clean sheets in their last four outings and are unbeaten in eight.
This Qualification campaign began with the same fixture in September last year. On this occasion, it was Ireland who came out on top when the two teams locked horns.
Considering the recent form of both sides, the level of expectation on each team is going to be huge. However, with Ireland having the home advantage and their solid back line they go into the game favourites.
The home side may well be brimming with confidence but may be forced to enter the game without the injured Robbie Keane who is to have a late fitness test after suffering from a sore abductor muscle.
Outside of that it will be the usual suspects for Ireland with the return of Stoke striker Jonathon Walters from injury a welcome boost.