Republic of Ireland starting XI: Forde, Meyler, O'Shea, Wilson, Ward, Hendrick, Gibson, Hoolahan, McGeady, Keane, McClean
The Republic of Ireland take on Gibraltar in Dublin on Saturday knowing that nothing less than an emphatic victory will do.
Today’s visitors lost their opening Group D match 7-0 against Poland and Ireland will want to keep in touch with the current leaders by adding to the three points they won in their first match.
While Gibraltar are expected to be the whipping boys of the group, they did record a 1-0 win over Malta in a friendly win that suggests they can play a bit.
Among the players on show this afternoon are Everton duo Darron Gibson and Aiden McGeady and Hull City midfielder David Meyler.
Martin O’Neill will know they are currently third favourites to qualify from a group that also contains World Cup holders Germany, which is why games like this are absolutely vital, especially when Scotland showed it is possible to give the best in the world a real game in this qualifying campaign.