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Ireland v Austria: Giovanni Trapattoni's side looking to steal a march on rivals

Last Updated: 26/03/13 11:54am

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Conor Sammon: Set to deputise for Ireland against Austria

Conor Sammon: Set to deputise for Ireland against Austria

The Republic of Ireland can move into second place in Group C and into the driving seat for a place in the World Cup qualifying play-offs with a win over Austria at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday.

Giovanni Trapattoni's side are fighting a three-way battle with the Austrians and Sweden for the runner-up spot behind runaway leaders Germany, with just a point currently separating the trio.

Having claimed a creditable 0-0 draw in Stockholm on Friday, the Irish will now look to open up a gap on their two rivals by beating an Austria side that started the campaign well but has since stuttered.

Sweden are not in action on Tuesday, but an Irish victory would nevertheless pile serious pressure on their rivals, particularly given that three of their last five matches are at the Aviva, with two of those appearing to be home bankers against struggling Kazakhstan and the hapless Faroe Islands.

Conversely, a defeat would do serious damage to Irish chances of qualifying for a second successive major tournament, with Austria moving three points into the distance and Sweden a point ahead with a game in hand.

And the Austrians are unlikely to travel to Dublin thinking a draw would suffice. Tuesday's game kicks off a crucial run of five matches in which they face the Irish twice, Swedes twice and Germany once.

They have the luxury of the facing the Faroes in their final group game, but they know that match will be inconsequential if they fail to make headway before then, starting at the Aviva.

Marcel Koller's side will, however, be buoyed by having won eight of their previous 12 meetings with Ireland, losing only twice.

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Robbie Keane has been ruled out for Ireland with a calf strain and is expected to be replaced up front by Derby County's Conor Sammon, who will make his first competitive international start.

Manager Giovanni Trapattoni is expected to return Glenn Whelan to his starting line-up after the Stoke City midfielder missed Friday's draw in Sweden with an ankle injury. Paul Green is likely to make way.

Stephen Kelly is waiting in the wings to start should Marc Wilson fail a late fitness test.

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Austria have no injury concerns and are expected to start with the same team that beat the Faroe Islands 6-0 on Friday.

Philipp Hosiner scored twice in that match and will once again lead the forward line, while Bayern Munich's David Alaba will continue in central midfield.

West Ham United defender Emanuel Pogatetz will line up in the centre of defence.

Previous game's starting line-ups

4-2-3-1
  • Forde 1 Forde
  • Kelly 2 Kelly

  • Keogh 4 Keogh
  • Ward 17 Ward

  • Pearce 24 Pearce
  • McGeady 7 McGeady

  • Hendrick 25 Hendrick
  • Meyler 8 Meyler
  • Hoolahan 20 Hoolahan

  • McClean 11 McClean

  • Walters 14 Walters

Team taken from Republic of Ireland vs Portugal (International Match) on Wednesday 11th June 2014

4-2-3-1
  • Almer 1 Almer
  • Garics 2 Garics
  • Pogatetz 4 Pogatetz
  • Prodl 15 Prodl
  • Suttner 13 Suttner
  • Ilsanker 8 Ilsanker

  • Junuzovic 10 Junuzovic

  • Ivanschitz 25 Ivanschitz

  • Sabitzer 20 Sabitzer

  • Arnautovic 7 Arnautovic
  • Weimann 9 Weimann

Team taken from Austria vs Czech Republic (International Match) on Tuesday 3rd June 2014


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Tables

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group A

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Belgium 10 26
2 Croatia 10 17
3 Serbia 10 14
4 Scotland 10 11
5 Wales 10 10
6 Macedonia 10 7

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group B

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Italy 10 22
2 Denmark 10 16
3 Czech Republic 10 15
4 Bulgaria 10 13
5 Armenia 10 13
6 Malta 10 3

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group C

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Germany 10 28
2 Sweden 10 20
3 Austria 10 17
4 Republic of Ireland 10 14
5 Kazakhstan 10 5
6 Faroe Islands 10 1

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group D

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Netherlands 10 28
2 Romania 10 19
3 Hungary 10 17
4 Turkey 10 16
5 Estonia 10 7
6 Andorra 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group E

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Switzerland 10 24
2 Iceland 10 17
3 Slovenia 10 15
4 Norway 10 12
5 Albania 10 11
6 Cyprus 10 5

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group F

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Russia 10 22
2 Portugal 10 21
3 Israel 10 14
4 Azerbaijan 10 9
5 Northern Ireland 10 7
6 Luxembourg 10 6

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group G

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 25
2 Greece 10 25
3 Slovakia 10 13
4 Lithuania 10 11
5 Latvia 10 8
6 Liechtenstein 10 2

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group H

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 10 22
2 Ukraine 10 21
3 Montenegro 10 15
4 Poland 10 13
5 Moldova 10 11
6 San Marino 10 0

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying Group I

FIFA World Cup European Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Spain 8 20
2 France 8 17
3 Finland 8 9
4 Georgia 8 5
5 Belarus 8 4

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