By Joe, www.Bettingexpert.com
A two legged tie between Ireland and France will determine one winner who will join the big party in South Africa next summer for the World Cup. The first tie will be played in Ireland at Croke Park and the Irish will be hoping to get a good result at home before traveling to France next Wednesday for the second leg. France are favorites to go through to the World Cup.
Ireland are no strangers to play offs as they were in the playoff qualifying round for the World Cup in South Korea and Japan 2002. They beat Iran 2-0 in Croke Park but lost 2-1 out in the 2nd leg in Iran denying them a place in the World Cup 2002. Today, they have another chance to qualify for the World Cup again through the Playoff but this time with a stronger squad and with an experience Italian Coach, Giovanni Trapattoni. The Italian have call up most of the Premier League Irish players like Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne, John O’Shea, Shay Given, Stephen Hunt and Kevin Doyle to lead the way to a place in South Africa. Keiren Westwood will be replaced by Brain Murphy.
France have surprisingly omitted Captain Patrick Vieira for their double encounter against Ireland. Coach Raymond Domenech decided to cut Vieira because he has not been a regular in the Inter team. Vieira has only appeared nine times for Inter in all competition. Domenech has an aura of doing his business in a mysterious way and he has striked once again by picking two uncapped players, Girondins Bordeaux goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso and Olympique Lyon defender Aly Cissokho. France will be travel to Ireland with familiar faces like Nicolas Anelka, Abou Diaby, Patrice Evra and Thierry Henry.
Ireland was unbeaten in their group and that’s a positive sign going into the match against France. There will be no shortage of excitement in this tie and both teams have players to attack at any given time. Last time France visited Croke Park, they were victorious with a 1-0 win but this time the Irish will at least claim a draw.
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