PREVIEW | Republic of Ireland v Lithuania

PREVIEW | Republic of Ireland v Lithuania

Republic of Ireland welcome Lithuania to the Aviva Stadium for their second international friendly in three days.

Ireland go into the game on the back of Saturday's impressive 2-2 draw against Belgium as Chiedozie Ogbene and Alan Browne both scored to secure a draw against the No.1 ranked team in the world.

Stephen Kenny is expected to make changes to the Saturday's starting XI as players look to make their case for a starting spot ahead of the start of the UEFA Nations League in June.

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster for tomorrow's match at the Aviva Stadium, with kick-off at 7.45pm.

Match Details

Fixture: Republic of Ireland v Lithuania
Competition: International Friendly
Date: Tuesday, March 29
Kick-off: 7.45pm
TV: Sky Sports
Tickets: Tickets available from Ticketmaster here.

Match Officials

Referee: Bram Van Driessche (BEL)
Assistant 1: Yves De Neve (BEL)
Assistant 2: Romain Devillers (BEL)
Fourth Official: Paul Mclaughlin (IRL)

Previous Game - Ireland 2-2 Belgium

The Republic of Ireland started the second century of their existence in fine fashion with an impressive 2-2 draw against Belgium.

The No.1 ranked side in the world came to Dublin but were denied the victory after a spirited performance saw Chiedozie Ogbene and Alan Browne net for the home side.

Ogbene's first-half overhead kick brought Ireland back level before Alan Browne headed home Ogbene's cross to send the Aviva Stadium 48,808-strong crowd happy.

You can now watch all of the goals on the FAITV official YouTube channel here.

Team News

Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher is set to start for the Republic of Ireland after his performance against Belgium on Saturday as Keith Andrews confirmed there will be a number of changes for the Lithuania match.

The entire Ireland squad trained with all players reporting a clean bill of health ahead of Tuesday's international friendly.

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Keith Andrews said

"Stephen's always very firm that caps aren't given out (casually), I very much feel that way as well.

"You have to earn them but equally you have to reward players who have been professional around maybe not being selected, not coming into the (Belgium) game and understand that disappointment. So, yeah, there will be changes.

"When I sat down and reflected on things and my time management and how I want to evolve away from what I actually do in here and how I spend time watching our players and doing the normal due diligence, I suppose, I want to evolve a little bit more and spend more time to become a better coach, a better assistant and involve myself in that regard rather than having to go to certain games in a different capacity."

Watch the full Keith Andrews press conference here

Republic of Ireland defender John Egan said

"I see myself as a leader both at club level, and I think I have grown into a leader here now the more games I’ve played.

"We have a lot of experienced lads in the team; Seamus Coleman is an unbelievable man and an unbelievable captain.

"He has got so much respect from everyone in the camp, so for us looking at him, and looking at the way he conducts himself, kind of gives a great example to the rest of the squad to carry yourself in a professional manner.

"And I think the likes of Seamus, Duffy, McClean, they’ve been around a long time in the squad and it’s great for the younger players especially, to have these guys to look up to."

Watch the full John Egan press conference here

Republic of Ireland v Lithuania - OPTA Stats

  • Republic of Ireland have never lost in four previous games against Lithuania (W3 D1), with this their first meeting since September 1997, a 2-1 Ireland win in a World Cup qualifier.
  • Lithuania have never scored in their two previous away games against the Republic of Ireland (D1 L1), with their only goal in four games against the Boys in Green a Tomas Žiukas strike in their 2-1 defeat in September 1997 in Vilnius.
  • Republic of Ireland have only suffered one defeat in their last 11 matches in all competitions (W4 D6), losing to Portugal in September 2021. Indeed, the Boys in Green are looking to score 2+ goals in three consecutive games for the first time since October 2014 under Martin O’Neill.
  • Republic of Ireland have avoided defeat in 14 of their last 16 games at the Aviva Stadium in all competitions (W5 D9 L2), while they’re unbeaten in their last seven home friendly matches (W5 D2).
  • Following their 2-1 victory against San Marino, Lithuania are looking to register consecutive wins in all competitions for the first time since October 2020.
  • Republic of Ireland have scored 12 goals in their last five matches (2.4 per game), having scored just 11 goals in their first 16 games under Stephen Kenny (0.7 per game).
  • 11 of Republic of Ireland’s 14 goals scored in the 2021-22 season have come from players plying their trade in the English Football League (exc. own-goals), with the other three goals being scored by Premier League defender Shane Duffy – both of Ireland’s goals against Belgium came via EFL based players (Ogbene & Browne).
  • Chiedozie Ogbene has scored in three of his six senior international caps for Republic of Ireland; he has as many goals for his country this season as he does in 45 appearances for his club Rotherham United in 2021-22 (three).


Republic of Ireland Squad - Lithuania

Goalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), James Talbot (Bohemians), Max O'Leary (Bristol City).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Manning (Swansea City), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Shane Duffy (Brighton and Hove Albion), John Egan (Sheffield United), Nathan Collins (Burnley), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Jimmy Dunne (Queens Park Rangers).

Midfielders: Conor Hourihane (Sheffield United, on loan from Aston Villa), Josh Cullen (Anderlecht), Jeff Hendrick (QPR, on loan from Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion, on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Jason Knight (Derby County), Mark Sykes (Oxford United).

Forwards: Callum Robinson (West Bromwich Albion), Troy Parrott (MK Dons, on loan from Tottenham Hotspur), Will Keane (Wigan Athletic), Scott Hogan (Birmingham City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Connor Ronan (St. Mirren, on loan from Wolverhampton Wanderers).

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