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Aviva Stadium (ATT 16,256) 14th November 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: Eitan Shmuelevitz

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Preview of Republic of Ireland against Greece at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin

By @danielstorey85.   Last Updated: 14/11/12 4:36pm

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Trapattoni: Has made six changes from victory over Faroe Islands

Trapattoni: Has made six changes from victory over Faroe Islands

Republic of Ireland welcome Greece to the Aviva Stadium in their first home game since the 6-1 thrashing by Germany.

The Irish responded by beating the Faroe Islands 4-1 to rekindle hopes of World Cup qualification from Group C, but the Italian has been forced made seven changes for the game in Dublin, including a new strikeforce.

Robbie Keane is absent through his participation in the MLS play-offs with LA Galaxy, whilst Jon Walters pulled out through injury. This has led to the selection of West Brom's Shane Long and Nottingham Forest's Simon Cox as the two strikers, although Cox has been utilised on the left wing by Trapattoni previously.

Elsewhere, Glenn Whelan and James McClean replace Keith Andrews and Aiden McGeady, who sustained an ankle injury playing for Spartak Moscow. Wes Hoolahan will be on the bench after speculation that his fine form for Norwich would lead to a starting place.

Injuries to senior defenders Richard Dunne, Sean St Ledger and Paul McShane mean that Ciaran Clark, Seamus Coleman and Stephen Ward will all start, with Manchester United youngster Robbie Brady earning his third cap in midfield.

Finally, Sunderland goalkeeper Ashley Westwood pulled out on Wednesday and will be replaced by Millwall's David Forde.

Opponents Greece are unbeaten in their four qualifying games thus far, and have not conceded in three games. They reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 before being comfortably beaten by Germany, and are currently sat 12th in the FIFA World Rankings, one place ahead of Brazil.

Greece's last five goals have all been scored by different players, but Celtic striker Georgios Samaras is not amongst these scorers. Samaras is the only British-based player in a squad within which only Dimitris Salpingidis has reached double figures in terms of international goals.

The Greeks have a notoriously miserly defence, and have conceded more than one goal in a game on just four occasions in their last thirty games, stretching back to World Cup 2010.

Ireland have faced Greece on two occasions, a 1-0 friendly defeat in April 2000 and a 0-0 draw in Athens in 2002.

Ireland team: Forde, Coleman , O'Shea, Clark, Ward, Whelan, McCarthy, McClean, Brady, Cox, Long

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