Ireland take on Switzerland in Group D of the UEFA Euro 2020 on Thursday with a 7.45pm kick-off at the Aviva Stadium.
It is a crucial game for Mick McCarthy’s men who remain unbeaten and sit top of the standings. McCarthy’s men have played 4, won three and drew 1. They will be looking to take full points here to put pressure on the Danes and Swiss going into the next games next month. Ireland are currently on 10 points from the four games, with Denmark sitting second on 5 points (game in hand over Ireland), while Switzerland sits in third position and have only played two games so far and have 4 points. So let’s take a look at the probable team Mick McCarthy will select tomorrow. I expect him to play safe.
McCarthy will be without Sean Maguire, Matt Doherty, and Keiron Westwood as they are injured. James McCarthy will also miss out as will Shane Long. In goal I expect Darren Randolph to start. Ireland will likely play four defenders, I expect no-nonsense defenders Shane Duffy and Richard Keogh to be the centre back pairing, they will likely be flanked by Seamus Coleman and Enda Stevens. In midfield, Glenn Whelan will probably be selected as a defensive midfielder and he will likely be partnered by Burnley’s Jeff Hendrick and Conor Hourihane of Aston Villa James McClean will more than likely start on the left side of midfield with his pace also likely to cause the Swiss full-back trouble. Callum Robinson could possibly be selected on the right flank. In attack I expect David McGoldrick to continue to lone figure upfront.
Possible Starting XI: Randolph, Coleman, Keogh, Duffy, Stevens, McClean, Whelan, Hendrick, Hourihane, Robinson, McGoldrick