The Republic of Ireland sit proudly in first place in Euro 2020 Qualifying Group D. But with Denmark and Switzerland poised in their slipstream, Mick McCarthy’s table-toppers know that getting three points against the team that is second from the bottom would seriously enhance their chances of making the Euro 2020 Finals.
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Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Analysis
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Georgia may have only been in band D in the inaugural UEFA Nations League, but they earned an instant promotion by winning their group with 16 points from 6 games. They scored 12 goals and conceded just two against Kazakhstan, Latvia, and Andorra.
But that confidence hasn’t made up for a gulf in class between them and most of their Euro 2020 Group D opponents. They’ve already been beaten by Switzerland (0-2), Denmark (5-1), and the Republic of Ireland (1-0), with their only win coming against Gibraltar.
But their home form isn’t too bad. As well as that 5-1 win over Gibraltar, they’ve held Denmark to a 1-0 draw and stopped Switzerland from scoring for nearly an hour before the Swiss eventually won 2-0 in Tbilisi.
Three of Georgia’s five games have produced less than 2.5 goals.
Republic of Ireland Form
The Republic of Ireland suffered the opposite fate in the UEFA Nations League, finishing bottom of Group B4 behind Denmark and Wales, meaning they will be in the C Groups alongside Georgia in the next Nations League.
But they’ve been in excellent form in Euro 2020 qualifying with two wins over Gibraltar and a win at home over Georgia. They’ve also drawn at home to Switzerland and drew in Denmark, results which have given them a great chance of qualifying.
All five of the Euro 2020 qualifying games have produced less than 2.5 goals.
Georgia vs Republic of Ireland Head-To-Heads
Georgia and the Republic of Ireland have played each other 10 times since 2003, and it’s the Republic of Ireland that have dominated their encounters with nine wins and a draw.
The pair met twice in qualifying for Euro 2016, with the Republic of Ireland winning 2-1 in Georgia and 1-0 in Ireland.
It was even closer when the pair met in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, with the Republic of Ireland winning 1-0 at home, whilst the match in Georgia ended 1-1.
The score was again 1-0 to Ireland in Ireland’s home match back in March.