A place in the 2012 European Championship in Poland and Ukraine is up for grabs as Giovanni Trapattoni's men go into the second leg with a healthy lead against minnows
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Damien Duff suffered a rib injury in the victory over Estonia on Friday, but he was able to take part in training on Sunday, and is back in contention for a starting place. Leon Best will miss the second leg after suffering groin and toe injuries and has returned to his club Newcastle for treatment.
Wolves striker Kevin Doyle has served his suspension and will likely be involved in the match, whether it be in the starting XI or a substitute appearance.
Estonia have defensive problems heading in to the second leg. Central defenders Raio Piiroja and Andrei Stepanov are suspended after receiving two bookings each in the first leg loss. Tihhon Sisov may come in at right back with Enar Jaager slotting into the centre. Alo Barengrub may get the nod to make up the defensive pairing at the back.
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- Republic of Ireland go into this match with a healthy four-goal advantage, having defeated Estonia 4-0 in the first leg of the play-off on Friday night.
- If Ireland manage to qualify, this will be the first time in 10 years that they have progressed to a major international tournament. They last competed in the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea.
- Jon Walters scored his first international goal in the 4-0 win for Ireland in the first leg.
- Estonia had the majority of the possession in Friday's first leg defeat but still conceded four goals. They had 53 per cent of the ball in the game.
- After the loss in the first leg, Estonia have now lost three matches out of three in which they have played the Republic of Ireland.
- Estonia have never qualified for the European Championship or the World Cup. They will need to score a minimum of four goals without reply in this match if this is to change.