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Goalkeeper and defense

Southampton’s top seed Gavin Pazono, who has impressed since he made the summer transfer worthwhile up to 18.5 million eurosis one of the first names on the team sheet when he’s fit, so barring a last-minute injury, he’s sure to get ahead of Mark Travers and Max O’Leary.

Defense is a bit more complicated. Shane Duffy started almost every game under Stephen Kenny – only Matt Doherty played more right from the start.n Former Dundalk manager’s first 20 games as a coach. However, the original Derry only started once in the League Cup with Fulham this season, along with two final moments in the Premier League. Whatever decision Kenny makes, it will seem like a big call, but the manager may be tempted to go with the brightest defenders.

Similar to Duffy, Seamus Coleman has not played regularly this season, albeit in part due to the injury he has been recovering from. His only appearance to date came in the FA Cup match against Fleetwood.

Nathan Collins may have had a bad day at the weekend, with his quick challenge on Jack Grealish earning him a red card amid Wolves’ 3-0 loss to Man City. However, at least the original Leixlip has been playing regularly in the Premier League – seven top-flight games under his belt have started so far this season – while arguably Ireland’s best performance in their latest international window.

Meanwhile, John Egan had an encouraging start to the season. Sheffield United are currently at the top of the tournament table and the Cork native has made 11 appearances, while the 29-year-old has seen his performances. Linked to the move to West Ham at recent days.

So with Egan and Collins expected to play, the role of third center back is the most difficult to predict. Andrew Utopamidel looked in good shape before injury prevented him from participating in these matches. Dara O’Shea did well in West Bromwich – from He recently gave him the captain’s badge – So he seems to be a strong candidate.

Liam Scales is the only other potential option but an unspecified late recall will likely settle for a seat on the bench.


Matt Doherty is the favorite to play the role of right-back, despite a disappointing start to the season that saw him make only two late substitute matches for Spurs.

33-year-old Seamus Coleman’s days in this position may be over, given his declining pace. Kenny went with Alan Brown in the position in the last two Nations League matches because Dublin was not available, but the President is expected to return to Doherty for the upcoming matches.


Josh Cullen has developed into a major player under Kenny and almost always starts these days. The 26-year-old has been playing regularly since joining Vincent Kompany’s side from Anderlecht, making 10 appearances in the tournament, so he is virtually certain of his place in the squad on Saturday.

On the other hand, Jason Mulumbi and Jason Knight started their last two matches against Scotland and Ukraine. Their energy has been a big reason for Ireland’s improvement after a poor start to the international window, and so Kenny may continue with the same staff, with both players getting plenty of time playing at club level.

Jeff Hendrick also plays regularly for the third-placed team Reading, as well as another good midfield option.

Of the remaining players listed as quarterbacks, this leaves out Alan Brown, Conor Hourihan and Callum O’Doda. Kenny has certainly been happy to have played all these individuals in the past but they are not expected to show up from the start this time around.

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Although Liam Scales could play there as well, the left-back position would serve as a close contact between James McClean and Robbie Brady. The latter is back in the Ireland squad for the first time since March 2021, with a combination of lack of form and injury problems keeping him out in the intervening period. However, he has impressed the Dublin player since joining Preston at the start of the season and so looks well in place to add to his 57 games. But playing away from home against a Scottish side with a defensive raid, Kenny might view McClain as the safest and most prepared option to tackle. With offensive hosts threatening due to his phenomenal work rate and physical ability.


There are plenty of decent options up front, but Kenny could pick a pair of Michael Obafemi and Troy Parrott – both duo found the net and generally caused havoc against the Scots in Dublin.

On the other hand, they have only one goal among them in the championship this season. Barrott has only found the net once – in the League Cup – in 12 matches for Preston, while Obafemi has started in just six of his 10 matches for Swansea. He lost his place with the Wales national team recently after coach Russell Martin suggested him It was not ‘in the right frame of mind’ to play After Burnley’s interest, which came to nothing, before the transfer window closed.

Chiedozie Ogbene, Scott Hogan and Callum Robinson are the alternative options, and all three players have had a good start to their season in the tournament – both Hogan and Ogbene have scored five goals at club level this season, although Robinson has yet to open his account.

Ireland eleventh: Pazono. Egan, Collins, O’Shea; Doherty, Maclean; Mullombi, Colin, Knight; Obafemi, Parot.

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