The Republic of Ireland will be looking to experiment with different tactics and combinations as they take on Latvia in a friendly international.
Stephen Kenny’s 48th ranked Ireland will be looking to build a side worthy of qualifying for the 2024 European Championships and the 2026 World Cup in North America. Their long-term vision will start from here and this match presents them with a good opportunity to experiment with different players and combinations.
Ireland have struggled with consistency over the years with their most recent game coming in a 1-0 win over minnows Malta. They will hope to be more lethal in the final third going forward.
133rd ranked Latvia will be hoping to build a more competitive unit and they will hope to be competitive in this game.
Their most recent result was a comendable performance in the Baltic Cup final as they held Iceland to a 1-1 draw before going on to lose 8-7 on penalties.
Head To Head
The teams last met in a friendly international back in November 2013. The Republic of Ireland earned a comprehensive 3-0 win.
The teams have played each other five times before. The Republic of Ireland have won all five games.
Latvia have only ever scored once against the Republic of Ireland.
Latest Republic of Ireland results
The Republic of Ireland’s most recent game was a 1-0 win over Malta.
Ireland have won two out of their last three games (against Malta and Armenia).
Ireland last lost when Norway beat them 2-1 last November.
Latest Latvia results
Latvia’s last game was their defeat on penalties against Iceland in the Baltic Cup final.
Latvia have not won any of their last four games over 90 minutes.
Latvia last won a game over 90 minutes when they beat Liechtenstein 2-0 last June.
It should be a comprehensive and easy 4-0 win for the Republic of Ireland.
Anytime Goal Scorers
Republic of Ireland- Troy Parrott- This game could present the Preston North End striker with a good chance to up his goals tally of four for the Republic of Ireland.
Latvia-Vladislavs Gutkovskis- The 27-year-old boasts 11 national team goals and is likely to lead the line for his country in this game.
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