Ireland will look to banish the memories of their play-off heartache against France when they meet Estonia for a place in the 2012 European Championships next summer. Fans will likely recall their controversial defeat to Les Bleus largely because of Thierry Henry’s handball in the build up to the deciding goal in extra time.
Manager Giovanni Trapattoni will certainly fancy his chances of getting past Estonia over two legs with the first game on Friday evening. These two nations have not met since 2001 and anyone looking to buy the match supremacy will be hoping for more of the same in Tallinn. The Emerald Isle pulled off a comfortable 2-0 win on their last visit to Estonia after goals from Richard Dunne and Matt Holland completed the scoring. Match supremacy buyers will also like to hear that the game before that in Ireland also finished 2-0.
Another point bearing in mind is that Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal for Armenia last time out was the first time that Ireland had conceded a goal for eight internationals.