Republic of Ireland vs Scotland
Saturday 13th June 2015, 5pm kick-off
Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Scotland travel to Dublin this weekend hoping to secure a second Group D win against the Republic of Ireland and their first away victory of the current campaign.
Here’s all the stats you need ahead of Saturday’s crunch tie at the Aviva Stadium:
Scotland and the Republic of Ireland have met 10 times in all competitions - with 4 wins a piece and 2 draws. If we limit those games to Qualifiers Scotland hold the upper hand, with just 1 defeat in 5 games (a 1-0 home defeat in the 1988 Euro qualifiers).
The last meeting came in November 2014 when Shaun Maloney’s 75th minute strike clinched victory at Celtic Park:
Form in last 10 games
Scotland - W6 D2 L2 F17 A10
Rep of Ireland - W4 D4 L2 F19 A11
Group D as it stands...
P W D L GD Pts
Poland 5 3 2 0 13 11
Germany 5 3 1 1 5 10
Scotland 5 3 1 1 6 10
Rep of Ireland 5 2 2 1 7 8
Georgia 5 1 0 4 -5 3
Gibraltar 5 0 0 5 -26 0
Scotland on the road
Since Gordon Strachan's appointment as National Team Coach in February 2013, Scotland have won over 50% of games away from home. Of the 9 games played outside of the country, 4 have been won (Croatia, FYR Macedonia, Norway, Poland) and 2 have ended in draws (Poland, Nigeria).
Republic of Ireland profile
Manager - Martin O'Neill
The former Celtic & Leicester City boss took charge of the Republic of Ireland in November 2013 - his first foray into international management. During his 4-and-a-half years in Glasgow O'Neill won 7 domestic trophies and led the club to a UEFA Cup final in 2003. He worked with a number of the current Scotland team whilst there including David Marshall and Shaun Maloney before being succeeded by Gordon Strachan in 2005.
Captain - Robbie Keane
Captain Robbie Keane - now playing with LA Galaxy in the United States - is the country's most capped player and their record goalscorer with 65 international goals. Following spells at Leeds United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, Keane had a short spell on loan at Celtic in 2010 where he played alongside Scotland captain Scott Brown. At 34-years old Keane is coming to the end of his career but could still present a major threat on Saturday - examplified by his hat-trick against Gibraltar back in October.