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Nations League – Ireland v Bulgaria – Preview & Betting Tip

Stephen Kenny was appointed Ireland manager almost two years ago. This Thursday its Ireland v Bulgaria, his first game in charge since taking over from Mick McCarthy.

Ireland will play in the competition’s second tier in a group comprising of Wales, Finland, and Bulgaria. Thursday is the competition’s opening round. Three days later Ireland host Finland in Dublin. The Nations League offers the former Dundalk a coach a chance to make his mark.

After a long break, Ireland have a busy autumn schedule. Nations League games appear in September, October and November. As well as this the Euro 2021 qualifier play-off against Slovakia is on the 8th of October.

Kenny will know the rewards that come from a good campaign here. Uefa Nations ranking currently have Ireland 20th. This puts them in pot 2 for next year’s world cup qualifiers. Staying there will yield a favorable draw ahead of next March’s fixtures.

New Blood for Ireland

There will be chances for Kenny to experiment with his squad here. The quick turnaround between games will mean plenty of minutes for players. Speaking at a press conference, Kenny admitted that “Places are up for grabs”. Younger players such as Jayson Molumby and Aaron Connolly will take that as a challenge to be accepted. The likes of Adam Idah and Michael Obafemi could also get minutes.

Kenny has given call-ups to West Brom’s Dara O’Shea and Preston’s Sean Maguire. Defender O’Shea captained the Irish u-21s under Kenny. “His ability to play the four positions is an asset” said the manager. Maguire meanwhile comes in after Troy Parrott picked up an injury while on club duty with Milwall.

Kenny’s familiarity with younger players is reason for excitement. In the next few months we can expect to see new faces in the international set up. This competition for places will be healthy for the Irish team.

Ireland hope to replicate their 3-1 win over Bulgaria last September. This time you may see new names to get on the scoresheet.

Ireland v Bulgaria Teams – Predicted XI

Ireland: Randolph, Doherty, Duffy, Egan, Stephens, McCarthy, Hourihane, Robinson, Hendrick, Brady, Long (4-2-3-1)

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BB
Bull, if I am honest, International Football does not matter to me anymore. It may have done in the 70's, it may do when England reach a quarterfinals, but all I really care about is Leeds.

I am totally apathetic to these games. They really are meaningless and just a few days before the seasons starts? madness!!!
BB
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enochs extra leg
BB wrote:
Bull, if I am honest, International Football does not matter to me anymore. It may have done in the 70's, it may do when England reach a quarterfinals, but all I really care about is Leeds.

I am totally apathetic to these games. They really are meaningless and just a few days before the seasons starts? madness!!!


The timing of this round of games is insane,a week before the season kicks off in a year with a short pre season,its crazy.I think Dallas spoke out about it in a presser last week
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1972Glory
BB wrote:
Bull, if I am honest, International Football does not matter to me anymore. It may have done in the 70's, it may do when England reach a quarterfinals, but all I really care about is Leeds.

I am totally apathetic to these games. They really are meaningless and just a few days before the seasons starts? madness!!!


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stevethemouse
Good luck bull
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