Faroe Islands - Ireland preview: Giovanni Trapattoni's Boys in Green aim to bounce back from Germany defeat
The Italian tactician will be hoping that his team can put their abject performance against Germany behind them with a win over Lars Olsen's side in Torshavn
By Ryan Kelly
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After guiding the Republic of Ireland to their worst ever competitive home defeat, Giovanni Trapattoni has described the fixture against the Faroe Islands a 'must win' game.
Made up of mostly semi-professional footballers, the Faroe Islands have lost their opening two qualifiers in Group C, as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Germany and a narrow 2-1 loss to Sweden.
Manager Lars Olsen is likely to field a 4-2-3-1 formation against Ireland with 21-year-old Joan Simun Edmundsson leading attack. Olsen possesses a relatively youthful squad and will be relying heavily on the experience of his captain, the 34-year-old Frodi Benjaminsen, as well as that of Silkeborg attacking midfielder Christian Holst in midfield.
Ireland opened their World Cup qualification campaign with a late 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan before suffering a heavy home defeat to Germany on Friday October 12. The Irish squad will be keen to put the loss behind them with a positive performance and result in Torshavn.
Trapattoni will be able to call upon captain Robbie Keane after the LA Galaxy forward recovered from an Achilles problem, while Andy Keogh, who scored the consolation goal in the 1-6 loss to Germany is out of contention after suffering a concussion.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- The Faroe Islands joined Fifa in 1988 before joining Uefa in 1990 and have yet to secure qualification for a World Cup.
Despite competing as a nation in Fifa competition, the Faroe Islands are a part of the Kingdom of Denmark.
- Former Republic of Ireland manager Brian Kerr (pictured right) managed the Faroe Islands for a period between 2009 and 2011.
Brian Kerr was at the helm of Ireland when the two teams were drawn in the same group for the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign.
The two sides last met in 2005 in Torshavn, where the Boys in Green won 2-0. Goals from Ian Harte and Kevin Kilbane secured the victory.
- Giovanni Trapattoni is in the middle of his worst period as Ireland manager, having lost four of his last five competitive games.
Giovanni Trapattoni's side face a crunch World Cup qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday night and you can watch all the action live through Goal.com.
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Top 3 Predictions
Faroe Islands 0-2 Republic of Ireland
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Faroe Islands 1-2 Republic of Ireland
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Faroe Islands 0-4 Republic of Ireland
- 8.42 %
|World Cup 2014 (Europe) (WCQE)||7 Jun 2013||Republic of Ireland 3 - Faroe Islands 0|
|World Cup 2014 (Europe) (WCQE)||16 Oct 2012||Faroe Islands 1 - Republic of Ireland 4|
|19 Nov 2013||Malta 3 - Faroe Islands 2||FR|
|15 Oct 2013||Faroe Islands 0 - Austria 3||WCQE|
|11 Oct 2013||Faroe Islands 1 - Kazakhstan 1||WCQE|
|10 Sep 2013||Faroe Islands 0 - Germany 3||WCQE|
|6 Sep 2013||Kazakhstan 2 - Faroe Islands 1||WCQE|
|-||Pól Jóhannus Justinussen||Defender|
|6||Jónas Tór Næs||Defender|
|10||Christian Lamhauge Holst||Striker|
|-||Kaj Leo í Bartalsstovu|
|2||Sean St Ledger||Defender|