5 talking points ahead of Republic of Ireland’s Georgia test

The game in Tbilisi could be pivotal for Ireland’s qualification hopes.

By Press Association Published: 11 October 2019 - 2.44pm

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The Republic of Ireland’s bid for Euro 2020 qualification will be tested by this month’s pivotal trips to Georgia and Switzerland.

The Georgians have become familiar foes in recent seasons and a trip to Tbilisi is rarely straightforward.

Here, the PA news agency takes a look at what may lie ahead for Mick McCarthy’s men.

The case for the defence

Darren Randolph has been in fine form for the Republic of Ireland
Darren Randolph has been in fine form for the Republic of Ireland (Brian Lawless/PA)

Shooting star

Aaron Connolly, number 44, bagged a brace against Tottenham last weekend
Aaron Connolly, number 44, bagged a brace against Tottenham last weekend (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Fronting up

James Collins scores his first goal for the Republic of Ireland
James Collins scores his first goal for the Republic of Ireland (Niall Carson/PA)

Finishing line in sight

Mick McCarthy is looking to lead the Republic of Ireland into Euro 2020
Mick McCarthy is looking to lead the Republic of Ireland into Euro 2020 (Niall Carson/PA)

Trouble in Tbilisi

The Republic of Ireland have struggled in Georgia before
The Republic of Ireland have struggled in Georgia before (Steven Paston/PA)