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  • 12 October 2012
  • • 19:45
  • • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: N. Rizzoli
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Republic of Ireland - Germany Preview: Die Mannschaft bidding to end the Boys in Green's two-year unbeaten home record

Republic of Ireland - Germany Preview: Die Mannschaft bidding to end the Boys in Green's two-year unbeaten home record

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The visitors will be hoping to continue their perfect start to qualifying against Giovanni Trapattoni's men, who have not lost a competitive match on their own turf since 2010

  PROBABLE LINEUP
IRELAND

Westwood
Coleman, O'Shea, O'Dea, Ward
Walters, Mc'thy, And'ws, Fahey, McGeady
Cox


GERMANY

Neuer
Boateng, Howedes, Badstuber, Schmelzer
Khedira, Kroos
Muller, Ozil, Reus
Klose


Republic of Ireland welcome Germany to the Aviva Stadium on Friday October 12 as both sides continue their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green have had to cope with a series of injuries, with first-choice centre-back pairing Richard Dunne and Sean St Ledger unavailable for selection, while striker Kevin Doyle had to pull out of the squad due to a groin problem and Glenn Whelan is also out injured. Finally, Robbie Keane has been ruled out.

Stoke City striker Walters is expected to play up front, with Cox playing wide right. Shane Long is left on the bench for the Boys in Green. Meanwhile, Everton's Seamus Coleman makes his first competitive start for Ireland at right-back at the expense of Stephen Kelly, with Stephen Ward keeping his place at left-back.

Joachim Low will be without several key members of his squad, with captain Philipp Lahm serving a suspension and first-choice centre-back Mats Hummels missing through injury. Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski has an ankle concern and is unlikely to start the game, while there are also concerns about the fitness of Mario Gotze.

Germany have won their opening two qualifiers, defeating Faroe Islands and Austria 3-0 and 2-1 respectively. Ireland will look to build upon their opening 2-1 victory against Kazakhstan.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Ireland's last competitive home defeat came two years ago in October 2010, when they succumbed to a 3-2 loss against Russia.
  • Since their dismal Euro 2012 display, the Boys in Green have fallen 10 places in the Fifa ranking table to 28, despite being unbeaten in subsequent fixtures.
  • Ireland have qualified for just three World Cups since 1934, most recently in 2002, where they were drawn in a group with Germany.
  • Remarkably, Germany have lost just two of their 76 World Cup qualification matches, with neither of those defeats occurring away from home.
  • Germany have qualified for every World Cup since 1954, getting to the final on seven occasions and winning the competition three times.
  • With 64 goals, Miroslav Klose (pictured, right) is just four goals away from matching Gerd Muller's record of 68.

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Seamus Coleman
Seamus Coleman
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 7
Games Goals YC RC
9 0 1 0
The Everton full-back has finally nailed down a starting position at club level and comes in for a first competitive start for the Boys in Green. The 24-year-old is a right-back full of attacking purpose and provides good delivery into the box on the overlap. However, his defensive naivity has been exposed at times.
Benedikt Höwedes
Benedikt Höwedes
Position: Defender
Squad Number: 4
Games Goals YC RC
3 0 2 0
Should Benedikt Howedes start for Germany as expected, the Schalke captain has a huge opportunity to stake his claim for a regular starting spot for his country. He has found chances in Joachim Low's first team sparing, but, with Philipp Lahm suspended and Mats Hummels injured, can prove to the former Stuttgart coach that he deserves place in his plans.
Prediction
Ireland may have a proud home record stretching back two years, but in Germany, the Boys in Green face an opponent hungry for success after a calamitous exit from Euro 2012. Die Mannschaft were good, but without being overly impressive, in their first two qualifying games but can go some way to proving that they are still the slick machine that took everyone by storm at the 2010 World Cup with a convincing win against inferior opponents.
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