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Armenia vs Ireland – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/06/2022

Armenia vs Ireland – LIVE Reddit Soccer 04/06/2022

Armenia ended up suffering an enormously humiliating 9-0 score at the hands of Norway in the last match back in March. Ireland took their unbeaten run to 8 matches in all competitions after a 1-0 friendly victory over Lithuania. The Republic of Ireland have had a string of games against minnows in recent months. In two of the last three matches, Ireland have faced opposition – Luxembourg and Lithuania – against whom they entered into the match as strong favourites. It is a similar case against Armenia, who are staring at the possibility of a fifth defeat in six games. One can get an excellent price for backing a win for Ireland, who could register three consecutive away wins in all games.

Ireland might have kept back-to-back clean sheets in the last two away games, but it might be wrong to rule out Armenia from scoring in this game. The minnows have scored in four out of the last five home matches including a goal against Germany back in November. Ireland’s recent run of clean sheets and good defensive form is unlikely to last – especially in an away match. Armenia are almost certain to make changes to the lineup after the humiliating loss to Norway. Sargis Adamyan is expected to take a spot in the first team while the inexperienced Styopa Mkrtchyan will be dropping out of the team in favour of Hrayr Mkoyan.

Matt Doherty is unavailable because of an injury and this may lead to Seamus Coleman playing on the right side of the defence. Nathan Collins is also likely to feature in the centre of the defence. These are the only two changes expected for Ireland. Ireland will be keen on a strong start to have any chance of competing with other group members Scotland and Ukraine.

Stephen Kenny’s Ireland side come into the game on the back of a positive March international window where they secured an impressive 2-2 draw against Belgium and a 1-0 win over Lithuania. Ireland travelled to Yerevan on Wednesday and have trained in the Armenian heat on Thursday & Friday ahead of the match on Saturday, June 4, with kick-off at 2pm (5pm local time). Midfielder Josh Cullen has been confirmed as available by FIFA/UEFA for the match after a previous understanding that he was suspended, and he is in contention to start.

Goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu had a slight back injury earlier in the week but is also in contention as Ireland manager Stephen Kenny has a fully fit squad to choose from.

“Tomorrow afternoon’s game is the most important one for us trying to start on a good note. “We know it won’t be easy, but the last 12 months have been really good as the manager touched on, the Serbia game, Portugal, Belgium.

“The team has grown in confidence and we are playing a style of football that people want to see, and we are forever improving.

“The new lads coming in as well are eager to impress, so we will start off tomorrow hoping to get all three points, play well and we will go from there. You go into any campaign wanting to do the best that you can, so that is what we will be doing.”

Republic of Ireland get their UEFA Nations League campaign underway on Saturday with a fixture against League B Group 1 minnows Armenia.

With Ukraine and Scotland also present in the group, both nations are under pressure to make a quick start in a bid to earn promotion to the top tier.

While it has long been accepted that Republic of Ireland are going through something of a transitional period, supporters understandably expected more from Stephen Kenny in his first year in the job.

However, that run of disheartening results is forgotten, Republic of Ireland now having lost just once in 12 matches, that solitary defeat coming in the final seconds against Portugal on away territory.

Kenny’s side have not exactly got any noteworthy wins under their belt – the best being a 3-0 success in Azerbaijan – but plenty of encouragement will be taken from the recent home draws with Portugal and Belgium.

Ukraine and Scotland will be tipped to win this group, but the tag of underdogs against opposition who are not that far ahead of them should suit Republic of Ireland perfectly.

Five clean sheets have been recorded in their last six fixtures, the only goals being shipped coming in the 2-2 draw with Belgium in March.

As far as Armenia are concerned, they are competing at this level for the first time after earning promotion during the first two Nations League campaigns.

Last time out, they topped a group which included Euro 2020 qualifiers North Macedonia, a return of 11 points from six games being enough to move into the second tier.

However, the highs from that achievement have now been lost completely. Joaquin Caparros’s side have won just one of their last 11 matches, suffering six defeats during that period.

On a positive note, their 1-0 success over Montenegro came as recently as March, but a 9-0 thrashing in Norway followed five days later, making it 18 goals conceded in four matches.

These two nations have not square off since qualifying for Euro 2012, Republic of Ireland posting a 2-1 win in Dublin on that occasion.

The history between these two teams is short, as they have only met twice. This occurred in the 2010-11 season, when they met in Group B of the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2012, with both matches ending in victory for the Irish.

Armenia’s national team is making its debut at this level of the UEFA Nations League, having achieved promotion from League C. However, their letter of introduction is not only that, after having an acceptable role in the qualifying rounds for the World Cup in Qatar, and it will surely be their responsibility to maintain that promotion.

The Irish have remained in League B and come from a complicated road to Qatar, where they shared a group with the surprising Serbia and Portugal, who in the end were the ones who qualified. The challenge will be to surpass the records they have set before and look for the possibility of qualifying to the European Championship and why not, to the next World Cup.

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