After a tough recent streak of results, Armenia travels to the Republic of Ireland who need a win to usurp their hosts in National League Group B1.
Joaquín Caparrós has resisted calls to cancel his contract, which expires in November, early on after a miserable recent run that culminated in a 5-0 thrashing against Ukraine in Yerevan on Saturday.
It leaves his side a point behind the Republic of Ireland, who should have enough quality to cause trouble for a defense that has conceded at least three times in their last three games.
However, Armenia won the reverse meeting between the two sides in early June, and Ireland will be wary of a shock on their own turf.
Here’s everything you need to know before the fixture starts.
When and where is it?
The Republic of Ireland vs Armenia kicks off on Tuesday, September 27 at 7:45pm BST at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland.
How can I view it?
Viewers in the UK can watch the match live on Premier Sports 2, starting at 7:15pm BST.
Stephen Kenny has almost a full roster to choose from, although midfielder Josh Cullen has been banned after his yellow card against Scotland. Young centre-back Andrew Omobamidele had to leave the squad last week due to an injury and has stayed with Norwich. Kenny hinted before the game that he was considering changes, but insisted they wouldn’t be drastic.
It has been 18 months since Armenia won from home, and with Joaquín Caparrós stepping down at the end of the season, the manager’s selection may not be easy. A back-five was used successfully in the reverse match and Caparros may return to formation after starting with a four against Ukraine. Captain Varazdat Haroyan allowed to return after suspension.
Republic of Ireland XI: bazunu; Collins, Egan, O’Shea; Doherty, Hendrick, Molumby, Knight, McClean; Parrott, Obafemi
Armenia XI: Yurchenko; Hambardzumyan, Mkoyan, Haroyan, Calisir, Hovhannisyan; Barseghyan, Spertsyan, Grigoryan, Bayramyan; Bichakhchyan.
Republic of Ireland wins 4/11
Armenia win 23/2
At the moment, things aren’t looking particularly good in Armenia’s camp, which should enable the Republic of Ireland to secure their place in League B for the next Nations League cycle. Republic of Ireland 3-1 Armenia