Rep Ireland v Slovakia preview

Shane Long will partner Robbie Keane in the Republic of Ireland attack in their Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovakia in Dublin on Friday night.

Last Updated: 01/09/11 at 16:00

Long: Partners Keane in attack

Long: Partners Keane in attack

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Long and Keane will pair up at the Aviva Stadium with Keane's usual partner Kevin Doyle starting on the bench.

Giovanni Trapattoni is hoping Long's pace will trouble the Slovakian defence, while he is conscious of the nasty knee injury Doyle suffered late last season, as well as next Tuesday's trip to Russia.

Full-back Kevin Kilbane will miss a competitive game for the first time since November 1999, a run of 66 appearances, because of a back injury with Stephen Ward taking his place.

But Shay Given is fit and will play behind a back four comprising Ward, Sean St Ledger, Richard Dunne and John O'Shea.

Damien Duff, Glenn Whelan, Keith Andrews and Aiden McGeady will start in midfield.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Fixtures

Friday, 27 March 2015
19:45
England v Lithuania  
Liechtenstein v Austria  
Macedonia v Belarus  
Moldova v Sweden  
Montenegro v Russia  
Slovakia v Luxembourg  
Slovenia v S Marino  
Spain v Ukraine  
Switzerlnd v Estonia  
Saturday, 28 March 2015
15:00
Kazakhstan v Iceland  

Footer 365

Capital One Cup: Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to avoid a red card

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes Chelsea's Diego Costa was lucky to stay on the field in the Capital One Cup semi-final.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists Diego Costa does not deserve retrospective action after Emre Can stamp

Jose Mourinho thinks Chelsea's Diego Costa should be left alone to play football after a controversial outing on Tuesday.

Capital One Cup: Chelsea reach final as Branislav Ivanovic's goal sinks Liverpool

Branislav Ivanovic's extra-time goal gave Chelsea a 2-1 aggregate win over Liverpool and a place in the Capital One Cup final.

Mail Box

The Problem With FA Cup Shocks...

...is that the draw for the next round is pretty shocking. Blackburn v Stoke, anybody? We also have mails on LVG and ManUnited, who drew plenty under Fergie...

You're Man Utd, For Crying Out Loud!

Defending a 0-0 draw with Cambridge on the grounds that other teams lost to lower-league opposition is not befitting of Man United. We're inclined to agree with Mailboxers...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company