Gibraltar and Republic of Ireland meet at Victoria Stadium, in a match for this phase of the Qualification Round for the European Championship (Qualifying Round). There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 04-09-2015, which ended with the victory of the Republic of Ireland by (0-4). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Gibraltar presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The home team will make its debut in this edition of the competition, as it did not have to play any of the eliminatory games prior to this group stage. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 1 win and 14 losses in away matches, with 4 goals scored and 69 conceded; against 2 wins, 1 draw and 12 losses at their stadium, with 7 goals scored and 56 conceded. The team comes to this match after a loss outside with the FYR of Macedonia by (4-0). In the last 7 home matches for all competitions, Gibraltar won 2 and lost 5. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: they only opened the scoring in 3 of their last 13 games, and never reached halftime advantage. In 13 games, they suffered the first goal 10 times and only managed 1 comeback.
The Gibraltar mission will not be easy and the team is aware of it, so, you know the importance of presenting good football at home in this next round. The search for the classification is practically impossible, but the team does not want to make it ugly within the championship, so you will have to be very careful throughout the rounds. In the last match Gibraltar ended up being defeated by Macedonia by the score of 4×0. The coach must go with maximum strength for this duel.
Republic of Ireland:
The visiting team had direct access to this group stage, so they will play their first match in this edition of the competition. This is a team that usually shows similar results, at home and abroad, so it is not affected by the home team, as in the last 30 matches they register 4 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the UEFA Nations League, they got a draw against Denmark by (0-0). In the last 9 away matches Republic of Ireland has a record of 1 win, 4 draws and 4 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 4 of the last 9 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 7 out of 9 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they only got 1 comeback in the 6 games in which they suffered the first goal.
The Irish team dreams of the qualification, so they know that in this round it will be very important to win the three points, because they will face a technically very weak team. Despite playing away from home, Ireland must go with everything on the opponent, trying to find an early goal in the game, to have more peace for the rest of the match. In the last match, Ireland tied with Denmark for the score of 0x0. The coach must not have important absences for this game.