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these boys in green don't fly.

GIVEN all the hoopla that surrounded the rugby last weekend, it's scarcely believable how low-key the build up to Ireland's crucial qualifier against Poland today has been.

The footy boys in green didn't exactly set the world alight against the Scots and we'll need a win here to get our qualification hopes back on track.

The Poles may have beaten the Germans at home, but they were put to the pin of their collars in the game and were lucky to come away with the win.

They're not world-beaters, but they have a solid midfield and some top talent up front in the shape of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik and Ireland will have to curb this duo if we are to have any chance.

On the flipside though the Polish won't fear us either and will seek to exploit our reliance on the likes of James McCarthy and veteran Robbie Keane.

The worrying thing for Ireland is that we haven't beaten a decent side in a competitive fixture since Jason McAteer thrust the country on the pigs back with his winner against the Netherlands in 2001!

With this in mind, I can't see us getting anything more than a share of the points and I'll be backing it at 11/5.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUIR
Date:Mar 29, 2015
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