Grp I
Date: TBC
Venue: No Ground
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Darija Djukic 68' -
Red: 68'


Scored: 12'
- Diane Caldwell 12'

Scored: 83'
- Katie McCabe 83'

Scored: 85'
- Denise O'Sullivan 85'


Euro 2021 Qualifier Preview: Montenegro -v- Republic of Ireland

Wed, Mar 11 2020

Louise Quinn stretches to reach an attacking opportunity during Ireland's 2-0 win over Montenegro in September. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick

MONTENEGRO

Bottom seeds Montenegro host Ireland behind closed this afternoon still awaiting their first win and also first points of the campaign (kick-off 3pm).

They currently sit bottom of Group I with zero points from their opening three games and a goal difference of -16.

In their opening game of the group they shipped ten goals to Germany before losing 2-0 in Dublin. Their third and most recent game saw them lose 4-0 away to Greece.

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND

Only three points will do for Ireland manager Vera Pauw and her squad against Montenegro today as they look to continue their unbeaten start to Group I in Budva.

Thursday’s narrow 1-0 defeat of Greece in Tallaght Stadium further enhanced Ireland’s bid for a top two finish as their lead on third placed Greece now sits at six points ahead of this afternoon’s fixture.

A win today against bottom seeds Montenegro would see the Girls in Green elevate themselves to the dizzy heights of top spot in Group I, leading top seeds Germany by a solitary point ahead of the sides’ first group meeting on the 11th of April.

Ireland’s opening group game back in September against today’s opposition saw them record a comfortable 2-0 victory in Tallaght Stadium with Tyler Toland and Katie McCabe on the score sheet.

Speaking ahead of the game, manager Vera Pauw said that her team have this week been focussing on applying great pressure on Montenegro this afternoon to ensure they get the goals they need to  win the game.

“We set ourselves the target of six points from two games in this series, so having beaten Greece last week we now know that our job is to beat Montenegro to complete that task,” she said.

“We know what to expect from Montenegro and we will need to apply a lot of pressure to break through and score the goals that we need to win the game. So that is what we have been preparing for.

“We haven’t had that much time together to work as a team with only a few days training before the Greece game, but I’ve told the players that the more time we have together then the better we will become in possession and in finishing chances in front of goal.

“And that, ultimately, is what we need to do in order to take the three points. We have prepared well for this game and we are looking forward to it.”

Stephanie Roche linked up with the squad following the withdrawal of Chloe Mustaki, while Emily Whelan was recalled from the Women’s Under-19s following an injury to Heather Payne.

Referee: Maria Marotta

MATCH STATS

Midfielder Niamh Fahey is set to win her 90th cap if she features this afternoon.

Ireland can take command at the top of the group with a win in this match against Montenegro.

Ireland are unbeaten in Group I so far taking ten points from a possible twelve.

Montenegro are rooted to the bottom of the table with zero points from a possible nine for them.

BETTING

Montenegro 35/1 ; Draw 11/1 ; Ireland 1/50

PREDICTION

Ireland 4-0 Montenegro


Montenegro Women
Ivana Cabarkapa
Goalkeeper
Helena Bozic
Defender
Aleksandra Popovic
Defender
Maja Saranovic
Defender
Armisa Kuc
87'
87Subbed Off: 87'
Midfielder
Jelena Karlicic
Midfielder
Darija Djukic
53Booked: 53'
68Sent off: 68'
68Booked: 68'
Midfielder
Jasna Djokovic
74Booked: 74'
Midfielder
Sladjana Bulatovic
Midfielder
Nadja Stanovic
34Booked: 34'
73'
73Subbed Off: 73'
Midfielder
Medina Desic
90'
90Subbed Off: 90'
Forward

Substitutes
Jovana Nisavic
Defender
Sanja Nedic
90'
90Subbed On: 90'
Defender
Durdevac Nada
Forward
Anastasija Krstovic
Goalkeeper
Ana Knezevic
Forward
Nikolina Cakovic
Midfield
Svetlana Becic
Defender
Ines Obradovic
Goalkeeper
Andela Toskovic
73'
73Subbed On: 73'
Midfield
Jelena Vujadinovic
87'
87Subbed On: 87'
Midfield
Marija Vukcevic
Midfield
Republic of Ireland Women
Courtney Brosnan
Goalkeeper
Harriet Scott
Defender
Louise Quinn
Defender
Aine O'Gorman
Defender
Diane Caldwell
Defender
12Scored: 12'
63Booked: 63'
Denise O'Sullivan
Midfielder
85Scored: 85'
Ruesha Littlejohn
Midfielder
Niamh Fahey
Midfielder
Clare Shine
Forward 58'
58Subbed Off: 58'
15 Katie McCabe
Forward
83Scored: 83'
Rianna Jarrett
Forward 87'
87Subbed Off: 87'

Substitutes
Claire Walsh
Midfield
Julie-Ann Russell
Midfield
Stephanie Roche
Forward
Claire O'Riordan
Defender
Hayley Nolan
Midfield
Grace Moloney
Goalkeeper
Marie Hourihan
Goalkeeper
Jamie Finn
Midfield
Niamh Farrelly
Midfield
Kyra Carusa
Forward
58Subbed On: 58'
58'
Amber Barrett
Forward
87Subbed On: 87'
87'
Emily Whelan
Forward