Preview of Republic of Ireland against Poland at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin
Giovanni Trapattoni will be keen to avoid a third successive home defeat as Republic of Ireland host Poland in Dublin.
Last Updated: 06/02/13 10:34am
The Republic were trounced 6-1 on their own park by Germany in October, sparking concerted calls for the 73-year-old's head, but he won a reprieve as his side bounced back four days later to beat the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.
However, after going down to a single goal defeat against Greece at home in a November friendly the Italian has turned to youth in the shape of James McCarthy, Robbie Brady and James McClean in a new-look squad as they prepare for their next World Cup qualifers against Sweden in Gothenburg on March 22 and then the home clash with Austria four days later.
Derby striker Conor Sammon will be handed his senior debut. He will partner West Brom's Shane Long in attack as Trapattoni takes a look at some of the new men he has drafted into his squad with club-mates Richard Keogh and Jeff Hendrick likely to be among the substitutes.
Millwall stopper David Forde, as expected, will take over from Keiren Westwood in goal with Ciaran Clark partnering skipper John O'Shea in central defence and Paul McShane and Greg Cunningham lining up at full back.
Hull youngster Robbie Brady will start on the right side of midfield with Sunderland's James McClean on the right, and James McCarthy will join Glenn Whelan in the middle.
A crowd of in excess of 40,000 is anticipated for the game at the Aviva with Ireland's Polish community expected to turn out in force for the clash.
Poland arrived with a full-strength squad, but are without Hoffenheim midfielder Eugen Polanski as he prepares to serve a ban in their World Cup qualifier with Ukraine next month. Borussia Dortmund midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski is set to captain the visitors with Borussia Dortmund team-mate Robert Lewandowski set to win his 51st cap.
Polish head coach Waldemar Fornalik is hopeful of producing a solid display, although he has hinted at experimenting with his starting line-up.
He said: "Results are always important. In Dublin, we want to play a good game, but also check out some options and realise certain assumptions. We are chasing a positive result."
Republic team: Forde; McShane, O'Shea (Capt), Clark, Cunningham; Brady, McCarthy, Whelan, McClean; Sammon, Long.