International Friendlies – Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand kick off? Thursday 14th November, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand being played? Aviva Stadium

What TV channel is Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand on? This match will be shown live on Sky Sports Football (red button)

Where can I stream Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand? This match will be streamed live on the Sky Go app

Where can I get tickets for Republic of Ireland vs New Zealand? Tickets can be purchased at the stadium on the day of the match

THE TEAM NEWS

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

  • Republic of Ireland enter this match with a vital European Qualification group game against Denmark just four days later so manager Mick McCarthy will have to make a decision in regards to how many minutes he gives his star players, with one eye on that game.
  • McCarthy has already made clear his intentions to give international debuts to 17-year-old Troy Parrott and 19-year old Lee O’Connor, with PFA Player of the Year Jack Byrne also in line to start.
  • Brighton striker Aaron Connolly will miss the game along with the European Qualifier against Denmark following the results of a groin injury scan and there is also a doubt over Preston North End midfielder Alan Browne due to a tight hamstring.

NEW ZEALAND

  • Newly-appointed New Zealand head coach Danny Hay has named seven potential debutants for the Ireland game as they use this opportunity to blood new talent and take a look at young players who haven’t previously featured in the New Zealand squad.
  • Also brought back into the squad for the first time since 2017 are Premier League duo Chris Wood and Winston Reid along with Ryan Thomas of PSV Eindhoven, which will help along the young players making their senior bows.
  • Many of the young stars called up impressed the New Zealand hierarchy at the FIFA U20 World Cup and Hay has announced that he wants to develop players who are more “technical” and “tactically aware” to give his squad more of an edge going into the future.

THE PREDICTION

Both sides will be far from full strength with experimentation the name of the game in both camps. With such a vital game against Denmark on the horizon, Republic of Ireland will be very careful in terms of which first team players they field. With a strong depth of youth coming through along with the new make-up of the New Zealand squad, Ireland should field enough of a core side to beat the All Whites in this friendly.

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