Sunday 20 October 2019

Ireland vs Switzerland Euro 2020 qualifier: What time, what TV channel it's on and all you need to know

4 September 2019; Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Seamus Coleman, right, during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
4 September 2019; Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy and Seamus Coleman, right, during a press conference at the FAI National Training Centre in Abbotstown, Dublin. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Harry Clarke

Ireland kick off their international week with a vital qualifier against Switzerland tonight. We've all the info you need about the game below.

What time is kick-off and where is the game?

Ireland's crunch qualifier kicks off at 7.45pm tonight at the Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road.

What TV channel is the game on?

Viewers actually have a choice of channels for this game. On free-to-air, RTE2 will start coverage at 7pm while subscribers to Sky Sports can tune in on Sky Sports Main Events and Sky Sports Mix from 7.30pm. The game is also available on the RTE Player and on the Sky Go app.

What's the Irish team?

Ireland boss Mick McCarthy has yet to name his team but it's not likely to contain too many surprises. Sheffield United winger Callum Robinson sat out training but is expected to be fit to start. 

What about the Swiss?

The big story from the opposition camp is the absence of Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri. The playmaker has decided to pass on international football for now which is a big boost for Ireland. That said, the Swiss are still ranked 11th in the world and are no slouches. Ireland's unbeaten record is facing its biggest test so far in the group.

Will the fans be making a racket?

Last March's qualifier was interrupted by a number of tennis balls being thrown onto the pitch in the 33rd minute as a protest against last March's revelations involving the FAI. They were immediately followed by Conor Hourihane's winning goal which diffused the situation. Whether a repeat may happen or not remains to be seen but Mick McCarthy was joking about the prospect in his pre-match press conference. 

Read More: 'I don’t want a protest no - unless it has the same impact as the last time, then they can bring what they want' - Mick McCarthy

What's next for Ireland?

Ireland's second game of this international break will be a friendly against Bulgaria next Tuesday.

The next window sees two vital away qualifiers back-to-back as the team travel to Georgia and to Geneva for the reverse fixture with the Swiss.

A November 14th friendly against New Zealand reads more like a rugby fixture but that will be the warm-up for the final qualifier at home to Denmark four days later.   

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