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Republic of Ireland - Oman Preview: Trapattoni set to make a number of changes from the side that narrowly beat Kazakhstan
The Boys in Green are likely to hand opportunities to a number of players including James McClean, Kevin Doyle and Shane Long after several players withdrew from the previous squad
By Shane Farrington
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Coleman, Kelly, McShane, Wilson
Brady, Meyler, McCarthy, Keogh
Al-Sheiba, Al-Mukhaini, Mudhafar, Saleh
Al-Hadhri, Bashir, Mubarak, Hadid
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni will make a number of changes from the side who took a narrow 2-1 victory over Kazakhstan. Darren O'Dea, John O'Shea, Glenn Whelan, Keiren Westwood, Jon Walters and Robbie Keane all started that win but have since returned to their clubs.
This is likely to provide a number of players chances to impress Trapattoni including striking duo Kevin Doyle and Shane Long. Manchester United youngster Robbie Brady has been called into the squad and could also feature with Andy Keogh also expected to start.
As for Oman, Paul Le Guen is set to name a familiar face to fans of the Premier League with Ali Al-Habsi starting in goal.
Experienced trio Ahmed Hadi, Ahmed Mubarak and Fawzi Bashir are all poised to start in midfield, while Al-Ahli striker Al-Hosni will be looking to add to his 27 international goals.
|DID YOU KNOW?|
- Republic of Ireland's high-ever Fifa ranking was in August 1993 when they sat in sixth spot.
- Giovanni Trapattoni (pictured right), currently has a 42% win record from his 50 matches since taking over the managerial reins in 2008.
- Next up for the Boys in Green after the friendly match against Oman are back-to-back 2014 World Cup qualification matches in October - at home to Germany on October 12 and away to the Faroe Islands four days later.
- Oman's highest-ever goalscorer is Hani Al-Dhabit, who found the back of the net 46 times for his country.
- They currently sit second in their 2014 World Cup qualification group behind Australia - having taken eight points from their six matches so far.
- Oman's biggest-ever victory was a 12-0 win over Laos back in April 2001.
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Top 3 Predictions
Ireland 2-0 Oman
- 14.97 %
Ireland 3-0 Oman
- 10.18 %
Ireland 1-0 Oman
- 8.38 %
|International Friendlies (FR)||Sep 11, 2012||Ireland 4 - Oman 1|
|Mar 26, 2013||Ireland 2 - Austria 2||WCQ|
|Mar 22, 2013||Sweden 0 - Ireland 0||WCQ|
|Feb 6, 2013||Ireland 2 - Poland 0||FR|
|Nov 14, 2012||Ireland 0 - Greece 1||FR|
|Oct 16, 2012||Faroe Islands 1 - Ireland 4||WCQ|
|Returns:||Ireland £14.44||Sign up to Paddy Power for £250 in free bets|
|Returns:||Draw £510.00||Sign up with William Hill for a free bet up to £25|
|Returns:||Oman £1010.00||Sign up with bet365 for a free bet up to £200|
|2||Sean St Ledger||Defender|
|1||Ali Al Habsi||Goalkeeper|
|-||Mohammed Al Balushi|
|13||Abdul Sallam Al Mukhaini||Defender|
|2||Mohammed Al Musalami||Midfielder|
|10||Emad Al Hosny||Striker|
|6||Raed Ibrahim Saleh||Midfielder|
|9||Abdul Aziz Al Muqbali||Striker|
|7||Hussain Al Hadhri||Midfielder|
The Wolves striker scored his side's crucial last-gasp winner at the weekend against Kazakhstan and will be hoping to do enough to establish himself in his country's starting line-up. His pace and movement make him hard to mark and he will be looking to add to his international goal tally.
The 28-year-old has scored a highly impressive 30 goals in his 107 international matches so far and is one Oman's most important players. He is likely to be key to their chances of reaching the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Trapattoni's side will be looking for a commanding display after relying on a late comeback to grab three points in their win last week. With a World Cup qualification doubleheader coming up next month the Italian tactician will be hoping for more from his players. Both sides could get on the score-sheet but Ireland should run out comfortable winners.
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