The Ireland team Stephen Kenny should start against Luxembourg 3 weeks ago

The Ireland team Stephen Kenny should start against Luxembourg

One change in the match-day squad, but there could be other tweaks.

Ireland had long spells of good football against a Serbian side packed with attacking talent, on Wednesday, but fell away in the second half.

Stephen Kenny is still awaiting his first win as boss of Ireland's senior team, and he must have felt a giddy hope when Alan Browne put them 1-0 up against the Serbs. They were pegged back before half-time before having the best of the opening exchanges, after the break.

Aaron Connolly had what Kenny, and many others, felt was a "cast-iron" penalty appeal turned down before a double from substitute Aleksandar Mitrović put the tie out of site. James Collins grabbed a late goal but it was not enough to leave the Red Star Stadium with a point.

Kenny has since lost Connolly to injury and has, in his place, called up Troy Parrott for this evening's clash with Luxembourg. While Parrott will be hoping to go straight into the starting XI, we are rewarding Collins with a start.

James Collins scores his Ireland's second goal during the FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifying group A match against Serbia. (Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile)

Such is the paucity of Irish goal-scorers, right now, that it feels only right to award Collins with the role of leading the line after his positive impact against Serbia.

In our preferred starting XI, we are bringing in Robbie Brady to play on the right-hand side of midfield and further up the pitch. His job will be to get crosses in to Collins and Alan Browne, while testing the goalkeeper too. Callum Robinson was one of Ireland's best players, on Wednesday, and he starts again.

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There is no change in the midfield trio, while Seamus Coleman starts at right-back ahead of Matt Doherty in our 4-3-3 formation. In the centre of defence, Shane Duffy starts ahead of Ciaran Clark. We are sticking with Mark Travers in goal as we should have too much for Luxembourg and the Bournemouth stopper could really do with a show of faith.

OUR IRELAND XI TO FACE LUXEMBOURG

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That would leave the likes of Ciaran Clark and Matt Doherty in reserve to cover any defensive changes or knocks. Should Ireland need an injection of urgency and something different for Luxembourg to deal with, Kenny can call on Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Daryl Horgan, Shane Long and Troy Parrott.

Kick-off: 7:45pm (Aviva Stadium, Dublin)