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POLL - 88pc of Irish supporters believe Martin O'Neill's men will qualify from Euro 2016 group

Declan Wholey

Published 11/12/2015 | 15:21

Ireland fans are optimistic of Ireland's chances ahead of tomorrow's draw for the 2016 European Championships in Paris.
Ireland fans are optimistic of Ireland's chances ahead of tomorrow's draw for the 2016 European Championships in Paris.

Martin O'Neill and his management team will soon be plotting the downfall of their opponents for the 2016 European Championships and the Irish fans are confident of progressing to the knock-out stages.

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The 24 nations who have qualified for next summer's tournament will finally know their group-stage opponents on tomorrow when the draw for all six groups will take place in Paris and with Ireland seeded in Pot Four, fans are braced for a challenging draw.

Ireland qualified via a play-off victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Irish supporters are confident of a marked improvement from the dismal showing four years ago when Giovanni Trapattoni's charges were soundly beaten in all three group games in Poland.

In a poll conducted on supporters' website YouBoysInGreen.ie, only 12pc of voters felt Ireland would fail to emerge from the group stages.

Nearly half of voters (47pc) believe John O'Shea and his team-mates will bow out at the second round, while a further 13pc think we can go one step further to the last eight.

Perhaps rather optimistically, 22pc of voters felt The Boys in Green will succeed Spain as European champions.

The format of the draw has been criticised in many quarters for being unfair. Hosts France are in Group A and would have an easier path to the latter stages of the tournament should they win the group.

The winners of Groups A, B, C and D are guaranteed to face third-placed teams in the second round, while the winners of Groups E and F will play against runners-up, with no guarantee those runners-up will be among the lowest seeded.

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