Let's be honest - the Republic of Ireland have been given a gift; one that could either turn out to be a pack of white Dunlop socks, or a Playstation 7, which dispenses Nandos' wings. Either way they have been given a gift and it is up to them what it is. Georgia's shock 1-0 victory over Scotland on Friday has renewed Irish optimism of finishing third in Group D - but the Boys in Green must now avoid the same banana skin as Kakhaber Tskhadadze's side (thank god this is a text commentary) come to Dublin hoping to spring another surprise. If anybody from Sony is tuning in - feel free to use that idea above.
By 9.45pm, it is not inconceivable that the Irish could be FOUR points ahead of fourth-placed Scotland in the race to finish third. Victory over these slippery Georgians, coupled with Germany beating the Scots in Glasgow, would see Martin O'Neill's boys clasp one hand on a playoff berth ahead of the final two qualifiers.
That being said, Ireland's last two games come home to Germany - who lead Group D - and away to second-placed Poland. It'll certainly be far from easy, but finishing third is definitely in Ireland's hands, my friends.
Right, so just the one change for the Irish, with Cyrus Christie - who opened the scoring against Gibraltar - dropping out at right-back for Seamus Coleman. Robbie Keane and Walters spearhead the attack once more, while Jeff Hendrick and Wes Hoolahan remain on the wing in favour of Aiden McGeady and James McLean. Also one change for the visitors, with Zhano Ananidze dropping out of midfield for veteran Zurab Khizanishvili.
Ever wonder what the D stands for in Group D? Danger! That's straight from Michel Platini. Asked what the D stood for, Platini told reliablequotes.com: "Danger". There we have it. So, which player(s) bring the most peril for their respective team? Let's find out.
For Ireland, there can only be one, right? Indeed, it has to be Robbie Keane. With five goals in qualifying, the LA Galaxy marksman is Ireland's leading goalscorer in qualifying - and overall. On Friday, the veteran striker struck twice against Gibraltar to bring his international tally to 67 - one shy of Gerd Muller's Germany record. Actually, Keano is the most prolific active player in world football. Ignore the fact that all five of his goals have come against Gibraltar.
On to Georgia now and midfielder Tornike Okriashvili, with two goals, is their leading marksmen in qualifying thus far. He scored against the Irish in the curtain-raiser precisely one year ago today, having also scored in a 3-0 win away to Gibraltar back in October. He'll need to be watched tonight. Jaba Kankava, Valeri Kazaishvili - who broke Scottish hearts on Friday - and Nikoloz Gelashvili are the only other Georgians to find the net in this campaign.
Have you ever wondered what the actual odds are of an away win tonight? I have, so I checked. If you're feeling brave, you'll pick up 13/2 on Georgia to upset their Irish counterparts. If you're not gambling savvy - that means if you stake £2 you lose £2 basically.
DID YOU KNOW? Speaking of good bets, chew on this my friends: did you know that these two have faced off five times in competitive action - and FOUR of those finished 2-1 to Ireland? Historically, they tend to be quite closely-fought affairs. The only one that did not finish 2-1 was back in 2003, when Gary Doherty and Robbie Keane scored to seal a 2-0 win.
PREDICTION: Right, let's do what we always do - and get a prediction wrong. Contrary to the fact it's clearly going to be 2-1, I'm going for 3-1 win tonight. Jon Walters will score. When? No idea. How? No idea? From where? No idea. But he will score. At least one.
Michael Cuddy may have a point. After all, McGeady did score both in the reverse fixture in Tbilisi. Having said that, O'Neill has been around this game a while now. We reckon he knows what he's doing.
@RTEsoccer no mcgeady?! Where's the creativity, who will take on a man? Mcgeady wud thrive on game against poor opposition #IrlGeo
— Michael Cuddy (@Cudster88) September 7, 2015
Anywho, we're just about five minutes from kickoff now. Get the dinner out of the oven because we won't wait. Nope. This is game is bigger than you. It's bigger than me. It's bigger than any one man or woman. Calling it a must-win doesn't cut it. Join us in a few short minutes to see what happens!
Another dodgy ball by Brady across for Seamus Coleman sees Ireland concede a needless corner, which then comes to nothing. I'll tell you something - Brady looks shaky. He was superb in Faro on Friday, but a tenuous start to this one.
CHANCE! Ireland beginning to settle and this is a chance. A big one. Hoolahan and Walters exchange a slick one-two on the left-hand side, with the latter dropping a ball into the box for Keane, who chest its down and fires over the bar with his left foot. Tough chance, but a chance nonetheless.
It's end to end stuff here in Dublin, with Ciaran Clark pulling off an excellent block to take the sting off Levan Mchedlidze's shot. At the other end, Coleman does superbly to salvage Hoolahan's poor cross-field ball, but the right-back's ball to McCarthy on the edge of the box is poor.
CHANCE! This isn't a foregone conclusion in the slightest, as Levan Mchedlidze goes through again but, on his right foot, his final effort was tame and rolls into the arms of Given. Georgia started really, really well.
UPDATE - Scotland 0-1 Germany (Muller) That'll make the Irish fans feel a little better now. As it stands Ireland are two points clear of the Scots in fourth - but it could be four if they beat Georgia.
Whelan swings in a decent corner, but good goalkeeping by Revishvili sees the Georgia stopper punch away. Not going to plan this at all for Ireland at the moment. 23 minutes in and Georgia definitely the better team.
Now then. Ciaran Clark, the defender, plays a wonderful over the top ball for Keane, who is onside, but he slips as he runs on to it. Ireland getting stronger. Slowly but surely they're getting better. Much better.
WHAT A HIT! Seamus Coleman's fine volley on the edge of the box draws an equally-fine save from the Georgia stopper as Ireland win a corner, which comes to nothing. Although they didn't score, it'll give Ireland a huge boost of confidence. Let's face it - they need it.
Five minutes until the break and, being honest, I can see a goal before half time. It's got that sense to it. From whom? Lord only knows, but I wouldn't be surprised to see the hosts open the scoring in the next few minutes.
Well, that was pretty poor overall. Georgia started the better but Ireland settled and grew more dangerous as the minutes ticked on. We should've seen one goal at least. Both sides missed decent chances.
Hendrick has switched to the left wing and he's not doing much it has to be said. He doesn't have the same understanding with Brady that, say, Hoolahan or McGeady does. McGeady scored twice against this mob one year ago to the day, by the way.
Zurab Khizanishvili looks a little like Frank Lebouef, and he's playing like him. He's been outstanding tonight, and this is excellent as he nicks a certain goal away from Walters by heading away before the Stoke man can head home. Fine intervention.
Huge, huge moment in this qualification campaign from Hendrick, who does absolutely brilliantly to ride a couple of challenges before playing in Walters, who bundles the ball home from point-blank range. Massive!
Right, nine minutes to go and, as it stands, Ireland are on course to earn a four-point lead over fourth-placed Scotland a playoff place now looks within reach. But nothing is won yet. It's the biggest last 10 minutes of a game they've had for quite a while.
Mchedlidze now lies relatively lifeless on the ground. Don't worry he's not dead - although you wouldn't have known he was alive in this half - but he does seem poorly. Problem is, Georgia don't have any more subs.
And they've made it over the finish line! Walters was born in Britain but he's never been more Irish than he is now. He inspires Ireland to a very, very hard-fought 1-0 win over Georgia to boost their hopes of reaching Euro 2016. They go FOUR points clear of Scotland, who lost 3-2 to Germany. Brave effort but not enough and third place is definitely Ireland's to lose now! Huge. Anywho, that's us. Thanks for joining our commentary and we'll see you next time please god. Until then....
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