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  • 29 March 2011
  • • 19:45
  • • Aviva Stadium, Dublin
  • Referee: S. Ennjimi
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Republic of Ireland - Uruguay Preview: Giovanni Trapattoni's men aiming for first ever win against South Americans

Republic of Ireland - Uruguay Preview: Giovanni Trapattoni's men aiming for first ever win against South Americans

Under-strength and injury-hit hosts take on 2010 World Cup semi-finalists Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin


PROBABLE LINE-UPS
Republic of Ireland: Westwood; Foley, O'Dea, Kelly, Clarke; Lawrence, Fahey, Green, McCarthy, Keogh; Keane.

Uruguay: Muslera; M. Pereira, Godin, A. Pereira, Caceres; Victorino, Perez, Gargano, Arevalo; Forlan, Cavani.



DID YOU KNOW?

  • Stephen Kelly will captain Ireland despite not having played for club or country since November.
  • Ireland have never beaten Tuesday's visitors. They have met twice, in 1974 and 1986, with the first game ending in a 2-0 defeat and the second 1-1.
  • James McCarthy will make his first start as a full international for after participating in his first competitive match for the country against Macedonia last Saturday.
  • Despite having rose one place in the latest Fifa rankings, Ireland still languish 24 places behind their South American counterparts.
  • Uruguay have played a solitary friendly so far this year, which was a 2-0 defeat to Estonia.
  • Uruguay's last victory was a 4-0 win against China back in October 2010.
  • Diego Forlan is just 2 goals behind his country's all-time record goalscorer Hector Scarone who scored 31 international goals.

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Players to watch

J. McCarthy

Position: Midfielder

Games: 1

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The Wigan man will make his first start for Ireland after an impressive campaign for the Premier League strugglers.

Tough in the tackle and with a mature head on young shoulders, fans will have been relieved when the 20-year-old ended speculation that he wished to represent Scotland by making his competitive debut as a substitute in the win over Macedonia.

D. Forlán

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The former Manchester United man, who had an outstanding World Cup in South Africa last summer, has disappointed for Atletico Madrid this season and looks set for the exit door when the transfer window re-opens.

A strong performance will remind Europe's elite that he is still worth a punt as he approaches his 32nd birthday.

Editor's Prediction

The home side's win over Macedonia on Saturday should see them carry through the confidence against the World Cup semi-finalists, but Uruguay's attacking strength will see them sneak a goal.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Republic of Ireland

Uruguay

Wins
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Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Republic of Ireland IRL
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland
Draw
Uruguay URY
Uruguay Uruguay
18%
18%
64%

Top 3 Predictions

Republic of Ireland IRL
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Uruguay URY
Republic of Ireland IRL
1 - 2
Uruguay URY
Republic of Ireland IRL
0 - 1
Uruguay URY

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